Speedway: Shock departure of Sheffield Tigers co-promoter Hoggart

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Sheffield Speedway have parted company with club co-promoter David Hoggart, a month after he helped bring together the consortium to take over the running of Tigers.

The new consortium of owners Damien Bates, Peter Mole and Simon Parker released a statement, saying it was a ‘difficult’ decision in light of Hoggart’s work in the takeover, but now ‘wish to do things our own way.’

“David has been a loyal servant of the club, working tirelessly with Neil Machin during some difficult seasons, alongside his heavy workload at the BSPA, management committee duties and full-time employment,” said Mole.

“He played a big part in bringing the consortium together, which made this situation difficult.

“We are working hard to take Sheffield to a brighter and exciting future, and everything is positive for the new season. Whilst David has been a big part of the management here over recent seasons, we now have our own ideas of team-building, gaining increased sponsorship and moving the club forward.”

Bates added: “David has been a co-promoter for some time now, and always done his part for Sheffield Speedway. However we have recently been finding increasing difficulty in certain situations and wish to do things our own way. Now is the right time to move forward with our new management team to bring our ideas to the table.”

The decision was unanimously agreed by all members of the consortium, the statement said.