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SRU begin new chief executive hunt

The Scottish Rugby Union will begin the search for a new chief executive on Wednesday following the departure of Gordon McKie.

McKie's six-year spell at the helm at Murrayfield came to an end despite receiving a unanimous vote of confidence from the SRU board at a meeting last week.

The SRU had denied rumours of a power struggle within the organisation but McKie was thought to be under pressure, in particular for his decision to freeze the playing budgets of professional sides Glasgow and Edinburgh, despite their woeful performances in the Magners League and in Europe last season. McKie will be replaced on an interim basis by senior non-executive director and former international Jock Millican.

The move comes just four days after the RFU parted company with their own chief executive John Steele on Friday following his handling of the recruitment of England's new performance director.

On his departure, McKie, who had significantly reduced the union's debt during his tenure. said: "It has been a tremendous privilege for me to be appointed to lead the management team that has served the interests of Scottish Rugby over the last six years and I particularly want to thank them for supporting me.

"I will look back on my time at Murrayfield with a real sense of pride as much has been achieved since the dark days of 2005.

"I very much appreciated the board's recent unanimous vote of confidence in the executive management team, and I take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support.

"However, from a personal perspective, I instigated discussions last weekend after considering matters with my family, as the time is right for me to leave Scottish Rugby and move on to fresh challenges.

"As a long standing supporter, I will always retain a great interest in rugby in Scotland and I wish my successor and all those associated with the game every success in tackling the challenges that lie ahead."

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