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Andy Goode tweet sparks Bath takeover rumour

By Paul Smith
Andy Goode has sparked takeover rumours at Bath

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A tweet from pundit Andy Goode has sparked rumours that Gallagher Premiership basement club Bath are about to be taken over by new owners.

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Following this morning’s announcement that former Saracens Chief Exec Ed Griffiths will replace owner Bruce Craig as Chairman of the historic club the ex-England no.10 who is now a prominent TV presenter and podcast host tweeted:

“A prelude to Bruce Craig selling up to a new consortium of owners including Ed Griffiths. Keep your eye on the salary cap folks and watch your backs everyone at Bath!”

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Craig acquired 100 per cent of Bath Rugby in 2010 and moved the club’s administrative headquarters to Farleigh House on the outskirts of the city where new training facilities were situated.

Since then he is estimated to have put around £20 million into the club, but despite this has become a target for some disenchanted fans following his team’s winless start to the season.

Griffiths spent a brief spell as Saracens Chief Executive following the departure of long-time owner Nigel Wray midway through the 2019/20 season.

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He previously played a key role in South Africa hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup and spent seven years as Saracens chief executive between 2008 and 2015.

Griffiths was originally called in by Bath in a consultancy capacity earlier this season as a result of which he issued a report featuring a number of recommendations.

The club has in the last few days confirmed that Munster boss Johann van Graan has been appointed as Head Coach from next season.

The former giants of English rugby dominated the 1980’s and 90’s and lifted the Heineken Cup in 1998 but have since found life more difficult.

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And despite reaching the Premiership semi-final as recently as 2019 Bath are yet to win a match this season and as a result find themselves at the foot of the table and defeated in their opening round of Heineken Champions Cup action.

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