Rugby Union: Struggling Moseley go into administration

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Moseley, seventh in Allied Dunbar Premiership Two, have become the most prominent victims of the new professional era by going into financial administration. The Birmingham-based club, one of the oldest in England, may also take the step of letting their players go semi-professional in order to survive.

"We're doing the only thing possible to make sure we have a long-term future at Moseley," Moseley's commercial manager, Mike Sheasby, said. "The bottom line is our income is nowhere near where our expenditure is. I don't think there is any doubt we will last the season and there's no doubt creditors will be paid.

"But it may mean we must go into a semi-professional situation by finding jobs for our players to suit their qualifications either inside the club or in outside business."

Leicester's director of coaching, Bob Dwyer, yesterday denied he is about to leave the club, but hinted he may go if he is unable to bring success.

Speculation mounted that Dwyer and the Tigers would part company after he admitted he was "disillusioned" following Leicester's defeat at Gloucester on Sunday which effectively ended their hopes of winning the Allied Dunbar Premiership.

"I get disappointed like everyone else. But time enables you to concentrate on the more positive aspects," he said.