Sir Clive no longer a Saint

World Cup-winning rugby coach Clive Woodward quit as Southampton’s technical support director on Thursday.

Woodward will continue to work with the Football League Championship club as a consultant. His future at Southampton had been in doubt since Michael Wilde replaced Rupert Lowe as chairperson in June.

Woodward said he was “enormously grateful” for his time at Southampton.

“I will continue to offer my support in the role of a consultant,” he said. “This agreement allows me to accept offers to work with other clubs and within other sports as a consultant in sports science and elite performance.”

Wilde said Woodward had made a “considerable difference” to the organization of the club and its training methods.

“His inspirational qualities are matched by his desire to win and we recognize that the combination of those talents is a rare commodity and we understand that they are in high demand across all sports,” he said.