Mark Tainton: Former Bristol Bears coach to become chief executive

Mark Tainton
Mark Tainton previously held the role of chief operating officer at Bristol Bears

A management reshuffle at Bristol Bears will see Mark Tainton appointed as the club's chief executive.

Bristol's all-time record points scorer held the role of interim head coach in 2016/17, before being appointed to a senior management role.

Following head coach Pat Lam's role changing to director of rugby, Tainton will also join the board of directors.

The Bears won nine out of 22 matches to finish ninth in their first season back in the Gallagher Premiership.

"We're in a pretty good place on and off the field at the moment, so I'm not going to rock the boat," Tainton told BBC Radio Bristol.

"We just need to keep ticking over and improving. We want to be a top six team next year and we've got to make sure we have the right infrastructure."

Tainton added that the squad is "pretty much settled" for next season and that the club hoped its new training centre would be open by next June.

"There are no limits to what we can become and a lot of it is down to individuals; as long as they buy into what we are trying to do and the culture, we can have some very successful years at Bristol," he said.

"Hopefully we can get into the top four in the near future."

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