Cheeky to quit Kings in August?
Cape Town - There appears to be uncertainty as to when Cheeky Watson will resign as president of the embattled Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU).
The union has again avoided the possibility of liquidation after court proceedings were this week postponed until August 4.
The EPRU has been in major financial strive in recent times and was unable to pay players’ salaries - which forced SA Rugby to step in and take charge of matters.
However, Integrated Sport - a sports marketing company from London - was recently revealed as the union’s new sponsor to possibly save it from final liquidation.
According to the business plan, Integrated Sport will invest R20 million per year into the EPRU for the next five years.
But on Tuesday court proceedings related to the liquidation order were again postponed, this time until August 4, in order to allow the parties who brought the original liquidation application to study the business rescue plan.
Reports last month indicated that Watson would resign from his post if the business plan is accepted and there was more stability at the union.
Now it seems that Watson will at the very least remain in his post until court proceedings resume in August.
“He said he would resign once there is stability in the union, but the court ruling has halted things,” Stag Mitchell, chairperson of the PR Metro Sub-union, told Netwerk24.
“But he will walk,” Mitchell insisted. “In the meantime we are working on a suitable candidate to take over from him.”