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.”