Ruddock resigns from Warriors post Mike Ruddock has quit as Worcester's Director of Rugby following the club's relegation from the Guinness Premiership. The former Wales coach has spent three season in charge at Sixways - and led the Warriors to the European Challenge Cup final in 2008. However Ruddock tended his resignation to chairman Cecil Duckworth after the club lost their fight to stay in the top flight. "As director of rugby I take full responsibility for the situation we find ourselves in. Ultimately our inability to win close games has cost us dearly," said Ruddock. "I would like to thank the chairman, Cecil Duckworth, for his fantastic support during my time at the club. I am devastated that I have not been able to deliver the success both he and the fans at Sixways deserve. "I am sure that the squad that has been put together for next season will bounce straight back up and that they will be even stronger for the experience. I truly wish Worcester Warriors every success for the future." Warriors academy manager Andrew Stanley will take charge of the team for the final league game of the season, while general manager Charlie Little will look after all off field and contractual matters. And Duckworth has praised the efforts of Ruddock in attempting to keep the club up. "I have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Mike and I would firstly like to thank him for his contribution to Worcester Warriors during his tenure at Sixways," said Duckworth. "Throughout his time at the club, Mike has always strived to develop an infrastructure that will enable the club to continue to grow and develop an enterprising style of rugby that can be embraced by the coaches and players. "I would particularly praise him for his tremendous efforts in guiding talented academy players, such as Matt Mullan, Miles Benjamin, Tom Wood and Alex Grove, into the first team and onto international call-ups during his period at Warriors. "The results this season have been incredibly disappointing and Mike has taken full responsibility for this. We will now look to take the club forward under new leadership. I would like to wish Mike and his family every success in the future. "Our focus now switches to the search for a successor to Mike Ruddock. With our recruitment of players for next season to add to the current squad I am sure they will guide us back into the Guinness Premiership at the first time of asking." http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,16024_6120729,00.html ----------------------------------------------------------------------- You got them into that **** in the first place Ruddock, your job it to get them out of it. Instead you take the money and run away. What a tosspot.