Plymouth Raiders Announce New Ownership

Plymouth Raiders have announced the club is now under new ownership with directors Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard taking control of the club’s assets, naming rights and BBL franchise.

The club had been owned by Bob Widdecombe for the past decade, but the ownership has now been transferred to Mackenzie and Mollard – both of whom were former players at the club.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to be able to become one of the next custodians of this great club,” said new owner Richard Mollard – who also operates his own Project & Programme Management Consultancy.

“Ross and I both have long associations with the club, and we felt the time was right to get involved, to build on what has come before and take things to the next level.

“For me personally it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to help continue to grow a club my father – Keith Mollard – helped found and then ran for over 20 years; I just hope we can do him, the club we’ve loved and followed since childhood, and the fans, the justice they deserve.”

Mackenzie – Managing Director of CourierForce – added: “There are some areas of the business we will look to improve as a priority, and we will focus immediately on the areas that will release the huge potential within the club to improve our on-court performances.

“Our goal is to provide stability across the entire club, from great team performances on game night, to building stronger relationships with the fans and sponsors who generously and passionately support the club.

“Ultimately our success will be judged by bringing silverware back to the city, and we hope that the stability we will strive to bring to the club in the coming seasons will provide the perfect platform to make that happen.

“It’s going to take time and a lot of hard work, but we are fans first and foremost, we’re doing this for them and we can’t wait to get back to the Pavilions in September and get to work.”

The club will have a new Head Coach for the 2017-18 season after previous play-caller Jonathan White was sacked following a BBC investigation.

Mollard and Mackenzie have already spoke to a number of candidates for the role with Northumbria’s Marc Steutel believed to be on the list, according to MVP’s Mark Woods.

Meanwhile, Leeds Force announced that they have parted ways with long-serving Head Coach Matt Newby meaning he joins Jonathan White, Sterling Davis (Glasgow), Yorick Williams (Manchester), Nigel Lloyd (London) as the latest coaching casualty from last season.

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