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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:37

Saxons Pull Out - Update

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Saxons line up in their last competitive game of the 2011 season Saxons line up in their last competitive game of the 2011 season © Garry Neesam

The Peterborough Saxons have released the following statement after their decision to pull out of league football after just 3 games of the 2011 BAFACL adult kitted season.

Saxons Press Release

The 2011 Season has been a tough one for the Peterborough Saxons. A few weeks ago our long standing General Manager Mark Kerr stepped down. After over 5 long years of hard work as the face of the Peterborough Saxons the time had come for change. Mark decided that he could no longer dedicate the ever increasing time that it was taking to run the organisation. The Saxons appreciate all the effort he has put in to the club over the past few years and wishes him all the best in the future. He is and will always be a friend of the club and has by no means left us in the lurch - he has offered all his support going forward.

Within a week of this our Head Coach resigned. After guiding us through the first 3 games of the season he decided that he was no longer capable of doing this job. This was a personal choice and he is no longer associated with the Saxons organisation.

With a number of departures in the off-season and the untimely departure of our Head Coach the Saxons were put in a desperate situation. After originally rescheduling our home fixture against Leicester we had to take a serious look at the squad we had left and make some very tough decision. We did not have enough healthy linemen to safely field a team. By the time enough players had returned from injury, we would have been too backed-up with fixtures to be able to complete our schedule.

We have decided to pull out of competition for the 2011 season.

That said, this is by no means the end of the Saxons. We have already started planning for the 2012 season in Division 2. New management has been put in place with aim of setting up a Football Committee in Peterborough to guide the Saxons to all their future successes.

The Saxons Youth team is unaffected as they have been set up such that they were protected from this and will continue as normal. We are proud of our Youth and look forward to see the kids progress to the senior level, for years to come.

I'm happy to announce the for the 2012 season, the Peterborough Saxons will have a new Head Coach. William White will be taking over this role. After careful consideration it was decided that he was our man. The man we needed combined Passion with Leadership - Will brings this and a lot more.

Will has had football running through his veins since playing as a child in Alabama. He brings to the job a vast array of experience in both playing and coaching the game.

He's had played at school, in the military and won titles in the British game. After coaching both abroad and in our Premiership he has decided to take on a new challenge.

We are very excited for the future and look forward to get back on the gridiron.

Ryan Toone - Interim GM of the Peterborough Saxons

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