Saracens have named lawyer Neil Golding as their new chairman as they look to recover from the salary cap scandal.
The club were deducted 35 points and fined £5.36m after an inquiry into business dealings between ex-chairman Nigel Wray and some Sarries players.
Wray retired after guiding the club to five Premiership and three European titles, but they are now bottom of the table following November’s ruling.
“I recognise I am joining at a time of significant change,” Golding said.
“We, as a board, are strongly committed to introducing new robust processes and working together with other Premiership Rugby Limited stakeholders in the best interests of Saracens and English rugby.”
Saracens said Golding’s “immediate priority” would be to “lead and oversee new governance measures including steps to ensure regulatory compliance.”
Wray first invested in the club in 1995 and reclaimed full control in April 2018 by buying back a 50% stake sold to South African firm Remgro.
On Monday interim chief executive Edward Griffiths said the Saracens squad could be dismantled for the club to comply with salary cap rules this season.
Griffiths is leading a “scoping exercise” as the first step in making the club “whiter than white”, and has not ruled out the possibility of letting star players go.
The London side are bottom of the Premiership on -7 points, 18 points behind 11th-placed Leicester.
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England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola will play for the first time since the World Cup final on Friday after being named in Saracens’ squad to face Bath in the Premiership.
All three are set to start for Sarries, who are bottom after their 35-point deduction for breaching the salary cap.
England team-mate Jamie George is also named in the Saracens XV for the first time since the World Cup in Japan.
Bath name Tom Homer at full-back in the absence of the injured Anthony Watson.
Flanker Sam Underhill returns to make his second Bath appearance since England’s defeat by South Africa on 2 November, after missing last weekend’s European Champions Cup defeat at Harlequins.
For Saracens, the return to full strength could hint at where their priorities will lie this season following the sanction handed to them in early November.
Mark McCall’s side, Premiership champions in both of the two previous seasons, are 26 points adrift at the bottom of the table after four rounds of fixtures.
Four weeks on from the disappointment of the 32-12 defeat by the Springboks, all eight of Sarries’ England players that featured in Yokohama, as well as South Africa prop Vincent Koch, will be back on club duty.
Bath: Homer; Rokoduguni, Wright, Roberts, McConnochie; Priestland, Chudley; Obano, Dunn, Stuart, McNally, Stooke, Bayliss, Underhill, Louw (capt).
Replacements: Walker, Boyce, Judge, Garvey, Davies, Cook, Burns.
Saracens: Daly; Maitland, Taylor, Barritt (capt), Lewington; Farrell, Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, George, Lamositele, Skelton, Kruis, Itoje, Wray, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Singleton, Barrington, Koch, Isiekwe, Earl, Spencer, Manu Vunipola, Tompkins.
Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care says Saracens should be forced to play in the Championship for the length of time they broke the salary cap.
Saracens face being docked 35 points and fined £5.36m after an inquiry into business dealings between owner Nigel Wray and some of the club’s players.
Premiership Rugby say Saracens were breaking the cap for three seasons.
“Stick them in the Championship for that long and see if their players stay and want to play for them,” said Care.
He told the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast that Saracens, who have a host of star names from England as well as Wales’ Liam Williams, Scotland’s Sean Maitland and South Africa’s Vincent Koch on their books, had long been suspected of acting outside the rules.
“I hopefully speak for every other player in the Premiership, I know for everyone at Harlequins, that everyone kind of knows this has been going on for years and no-one’s ever been able to say anything about it,” said Care.
“In a one-on-one game we know we can challenge them, we know we can beat them on our day, but when you’ve got that much class, that much international experience, throughout the whole season you know in the long run you’re going up against a team that, let’s face it, have been cheating.”
‘It affects people’s lives’
Care was a member of the Harlequins side that were crowned Premiership champions in 2012, an achievement he says was “one of the greatest moments of my life”.
But he believes people within the sport may have had their livelihoods affected because of the dominance of Saracens, who have won the title four times since 2015 and have also lifted the European Champions Cup three times.
“People lose their jobs because they’re not performing well enough because everyone’s saying ‘why aren’t we as good as Saracens?’,” said Care.
“It comes out that that’s happening because they’re cheating. Well it’s not just the hear and now, it affects people’s lives, it affects people’s families, and that’s why so many players have been so annoyed.
“Over the years that it has been swept under the carpet, there was another one previously that got brushed aside, this one has finally come out and finally some justice is being done, although £5m to Nigel Wray won’t even touch the sides.”