14 December 2004
Rod Kafer has resigned as Saracens Head Coach and Director of Rugby effective immediately.
Steve Diamond will now take on the role of Head Coach as the club promotes from within.
Kafer said: "Following discussions about extending my time at Saracens until the end of the 2007 season, I came to the conclusion that my preference was to seek opportunities elsewhere after completing my current contract, due to expire in May 2005. In light of this, Chief Executive Mark Sinderberry and I have decided that it is in the club's best interests that I stand down as Head Coach immediately.
"I would like to thank both Mark and the Board of Directors for their unwavering support during the last 18 months and wish the playing and management staff all the best for the remainder of the season."
Saracens Chief Executive Mark Sinderberry added: "On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Rod for his efforts over the past 18 months. He took over the club at a difficult time and he leaves us in a better position with a more focussed coaching and playing structure.
"Steve Diamond will now take on the role of Head Coach and will be supported by the existing coaching staff. When Steve was appointed, it was with a view that he would succeed Rod should he take the decision to leave Saracens. Steve knows the club and the players and we believe he is the right person to take the role."