Watson claims he's ready to quit Kings

Cheeky Watson (Gallo Images)
Cheeky Watson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) president Cheeky Watson says he is ready to step down from his post in order to pursue his business interests.

Following a meeting in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, Watson survived another motion of no confidence against him.

Several EPRU clubs attempted to unseat Watson as president of the union, but they were unsuccessful in their quest.

The clubs that wanted Watson out needed 63 votes (a two-thirds majority), but got only 52 votes, while 40 voted against the motion.

However, in an interview with the HeraldLIVE website, Watson said that he was willing to move on.

He didn’t specify an exact date, but commented: “It is a door in my life that needs to close and not to be resurrected again,” he said.

“I have never been a populist and I have never worried about people’s opinions and what they think of me. If I tackle a job I tackle it with every fibre of my being and try to be as successful as possible.

“It was gratifying to see the support from clubs, but one needs to look at the bigger picture here and look at rugby as a whole within the province."

The clubs have on several occasions this year tried to convene to vote for a motion of no confidence against Watson, but on each occasion the meetings were postponed due to some technicality.

Under Watson as president, the EPRU plunged into a financial crisis last year, with the union unable to pay players’ salaries.

Watson had promised a R200m sponsorship for the Kings but this failed to materialise, with players forced to accept food vouchers following the non-payment of salaries.

SA Rugby was forced to step in and take control of the union which was liquidated last month.

Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
44% - 5791 votes
Cricket
11% - 1440 votes
Football
19% - 2440 votes
Athletics
2% - 299 votes
Boxing
1% - 120 votes
Cycling
2% - 298 votes
Golf
5% - 640 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1051 votes
Tennis
3% - 410 votes
Water sports
1% - 116 votes
American sports
1% - 126 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 376 votes
Vote