Stuart Johnson steps down as Melrose Club XV head coach

New directors of rugby at The Greenyards have a different vision for the club

Stuart Johnson during his playing days at Melrose
Stuart Johnson during his playing days at Melrose

STUART JOHNSON and his coaching team – consisting of Chris Dalgleish, Bill Noble and Steven Dyer – have stepped down from their role leading the Melrose ‘Club XV’. 

Johnson led a youthful Greenyards outfit to fourth in National One when play stopped due to the coronavirus lockdown last month, has said that leaving the club “was one of the hardest decisions of my life” but explained that “the new directors of rugby [Rob Moffat and Colin Meager] have a vision and direction of where they want to take Melrose Rugby Club which is different to what I have been part of all these years so I feel it is best that I step aside and let someone else take over.”

Listen to Johnson’s interview with Stuart Cameron here – 

 

Gordon Brown, Chairman of Melrose Rugby, thanked Johnson and his coaching team for their contribution to the club. “While I respect Stuart and his coaching team’s decision to step down at this time of change, we will be sad to see them go,” he said. “The past season has not been without its difficulties for the 1st XV squad as many of the senior and well-established players moved up to the new Super6 team. However, under Stuart’s management, Melrose more than held their own this past year and showed real signs of enthusiasm, determination, and improvement. That’s a fabulous achievement that the coaching team should be proud of. We are lucky to have had the benefit of their experience and we wish them all the very best for the future.”


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11 Comments

  1. Moffat is a guy who has had a charmed life in rugby .achieved virtually no success that I can think of but keeps on getting jobs in rugby .am I missing something ?
    He will be found out without people in place that know what they’re doing at this level .
    Watch this space

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  2. I regret asking a genuine question now. It only seems to have attracted people wanting to attack others. Shame.

    If anyone does actually know what the new direction is then I’m sure people would like to know.

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  3. Seems like Melrose Rugby club has got themselves in a mess again. A director of rugby that knows nothing about rugby and another that has had no success in rugby for as long as I can remember. For the whole 1st XV coaching team to resign after a reasonably successful season suggests there is more to this than meets that eye. Hope we found out what is going on behind the scenes as all members deserve to know

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  4. Knowing Rob Moffat from a long time ago – I need to know his vision for Melrose RC. As far as I am concerned Colin Meager knows little or nothing about rugby – when I first met him he was more interested fast cars, IT and how to maximise funding sources???? Not a particularly dynamic duo and it appears that another faction is splitting Melrose RFC, since the Famous Six(something similar to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five) was founded. No wonder there’s animosity from other Border clubs towards a club trying to punch well above it is ability!

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  5. Sad to see Stuart go after all the work of last “season”.
    Would also like to see the “direction” the club are heading if different from Stuarts idea of bringing in the youngsters and making really good progress with a promising squad?
    Strange times ahead once again at the Greenyards?

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    • I agree Shayne. It’s very interesting also that you have a very strong team of 4 people managing that team with wide varieties of experience from coaching, playing, officiating…

      I think there is more behind this .. the whole management squad just don’t resign like that. Clearly the new directors of rugby either aren’t there to work with the current setup and are just going their own direction… could cost them loyalty and passion which they have now lost

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  6. Seems a shame after doing so well this season with such a young and experienced squad. Does anyone know what the new direction and vision is?

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    • Their New direction is that they are coming into the club and trying to do everything there way clearly .. they obviously won’t listen to the experts who have been there from when the bricks were cemented.

      I understand Rob Moffat with his experience but he hasn’t been at Melrose recently so how does he understand the way that Melrose wants to go..

      Colin Meager hasn’t had any experience at senior rugby . He led the “Wasps Way” and that’s it.. not strong enough for a director of rugby position in my opinion.

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