The Cornish Pirates are set to confirm that their Chief Executive, Rod Coward, will step aside from his role at the end of the month, Dick Straughan reports exclusively.
Mr Coward joined the club in 2006 first in the role of General Manager where he set about bringing financial stability to the club before taking over as CEO and leading the Stadium for Cornwall project.
He has overseen the most successful period in the on-field history of the Cornish Pirates with silverware in the British & Irish Cup in 2010 and places in the last two RFU Championship play-off finals.
During his tenure there have also been major logistical challenges with the club relocation from Truro to Camborne and then back to the Mennaye Field in Penzance.
The Pirates have yet to name his successor although former Harlequins CEO Mark Evans has in the past been tipped as a possible candidate. However Mr Coward will remain at the Cornish Pirates in a new role as Director of Penzance & Newlyn Rugby Ltd.