Changes at the Ospreys

Welsh region the Ospreys have announced a restructuring of their business operations with Andrew Hore to take up a newly created post of Chief Operations Officer.

The wide ranging review sees a number of changes at the Liberty Stadium with the business and rugby arms of the organisation moving closer together.

In addition to the new post for Hore, Director of Coaching Scott Johnson and Head Coach Sean Holley will both take on additional duties.

As COO, Hore will take overall day-to-day responsibility for operations at the Ospreys, reporting directly to Managing Directors Roger Blyth and Mike Cuddy. The new role will see him driving the vision and values at the region, and will be a wide-ranging one, impacting on all areas of the business.

Hore initially joined the Ospreys as Elite Performance Director in February 2008 from the NZRFU, where he had been High Performance Manager. Since then he has radically overhauled the rugby set-up at the region, putting in place a number of systems and structures aimed at securing long-term sustainability for the Ospreys, with an emphasis on developing home grown talent on and off the field.

His new role will see him bringing the same forward thinking outlook to the wider business, where he will provide operational support while assisting in the development and implementation of the long-term strategic plan for the overall business, as well as helping to develop systems and structures to improve financial performance.

In addition to developing an ongoing rugby plan, he will now lead the teams responsible for marketing, sponsorship and merchandising, overseeing talent management and development in all areas of the business, while managing relationships with key stakeholders.

Managing Director, Mike Cuddy, commented:

“We are delighted to be able to confirm this new role for Andrew. He has been with the Ospreys for three years and during that time has been able to put in place a substantial number of changes to the way that the rugby department operates behind the scenes, which are already having a huge impact on the organisation, and will continue to do so for a number of years.

“He has overseen a complete overhaul of the structures and systems in place, helping us to get a long way along the road to long-term sustainable success. His work is already beginning to bear fruit both in the number of younger players coming through the ranks and in the older Ospreys players now involved within the coaching and management structures at different levels.