DOUGLAS HARDIE, the President of Melrose RFC, has insisted that the sudden resignation of Trevor Jackson as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Melrose Rugby Ltd will not damage the club’s immediate or longer-term objectives.
Jackson walked away from the role last week after becoming frustrated by a number of issues related to the running of the club; and his business, Charlesfield Farms Ltd, has ceased to be a main sponsor of The Greenyards outfit.
Raymond Kerr, who joined the Board last August with a remit of overseeing HR and governance, has also resigned his directorship; while David Peace, the club’s commercial manager since June of this year, has left the club as well.
“The reality of running a rugby club is that nothing stays the same forever,” said Hardie. “Sometimes you lose good people, but you cope with that and move on.
“There are lot of people working very hard for the good of Melrose RFC and it is inevitable that we don’t all see eye-to-eye the whole time.”
Melrose are in the process of preparing for a bold step into the unknown, having recently signed a franchise agreement with the Scottish Rugby Union to run a team in the new Super 6 league which is due to be launched at the top of the club game at the start of next season.
“Firstly, I must put on record the club’s appreciation of everything Trevor has done for Melrose over the years,” said Mike Dalgetty, the club’s Director of Rugby. “His departure is not rugby related and therefore in no way connected to Super 6.
“In business people disagree, and, although it’s extremely unusual for us, we are not immune to such matters.
“Super 6 will create opportunities and we want to be as well placed as possible to meet the challenges which lie ahead. We want to help Scottish Rugby so it’s exciting times for ourselves and our partners Edinburgh Napier University.”
Hardie, who was previously Vice-Chairman of the Board, has now taken over as Chairman.
“Melrose always has been and always will be my club,” said Jackson. “I will continue to support it in whatever way I can. I’m going to take a bit of time now to think about how I can best do that in the future.”
Jackson’s duties included overseeing the club’s ambitious ‘1883 Legacy Project’ to build a World Rugby approved 3G pitch with floodlights at The Greenyards, as well as redevelop the clubrooms and stand into a state-of-the-art community hub.