Worcester Warriors: Morecambe FC owners join board as chairman Bill Bolsover steps down

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Worcester are ninth in the Premiership, two points off the foot of the table

Worcester Warriors chairman Bill Bolsover has stepped down after the owners of Morecambe joined the board.

Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham have been confirmed as co-owners with Jed McCrory, who led a takeover of the Premiership club in October.

Financier Whittingham and lawyer Goldring took over the Lancashire-based League Two side in June.

"We would like to thank Bill for his contribution since he first joined the Board six years ago," said Whittingham.

"His help over the last two months has been invaluable and has ensured a smooth handover. Bill will always be a welcome visitor to Sixways," he added in a statement.

In April Worcester reported a pre-tax loss of £8.1m for the 2016-17 season - the losses came after the club reported a pre-tax profit of £14.3m a year before after the club's owners wrote off loans worth £20.4m.

"I agreed to stay on while the acquisition has taken place," said Bolsover.

"I now feel that the club is in a good place and I shall let the new team get on with it. Therefore I believe that it is the right time for me to step down as chairman."

The takeover comes in the same week as Premiership Rugby agreed a £200m investment with former Formula 1 owners CVC Capital Partners.

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