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Evans quits Gloucester over Davies sacking
ESPN Staff
August 12, 2014
Huw Evans felt Mike Tindall and Nigel Davies should have had more time with Gloucester © Getty Images

Non-executive director Huw Evans has resigned from his position on the board of Gloucester saying he did not agree with the decision to sack Nigel Davies and let Mike Tindall leave.

In a statement on his LinkedIn page, Evans said he had "fundamental differences of opinion on the rugby vision and culture held at board level". He had previously spent 14 years as chairman of the Scarlets and said he felt Davies, who was sacked after a poor 2013-14 season, should have been kept on at Gloucester and Tindall should have been offered a new deal.

"To me, Mike Tindall typified the strong, traditional Gloucester ethos of honesty, courage and endeavour, a world-class warrior," Evans said. "His experience and passion for Kingsholm and all that Gloucester stands for should have been retained. I have huge respect for Nigel Davies' vision, rugby intellect and capability and the strategic plan which he'd put together which was said to be backed by the board.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Nigel would have succeeded and handsomely at that. Outside board level, I will continue to support in every way I can. Unfortunately, I had fundamental differences of opinion on the rugby vision and culture held at board level which means I cannot continue."

Evans also wrote that he felt former Gloucester players Tindall, Andy Hazell, Mike Teague and Phil Blakeway should be appointed to an advisory panel to the board. He also added he hopes the board will spend more time at their training ground Hartpury College "rather than relying on perceptions and hearsay when there are massively important decisions to be made".

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