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Saints announce Newman departure

Lennie Newman
Lennie Newman played 120 games for Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints team manager Lennie Newman is leaving the club.

Newman has been with the club in a managerial role for nine years and also played 120 games for the Saints.

Newman told the club's website: "As a player I knew when the time was right to move on, and I now have that same feeling that it's time to move on.

"I leave the club with some amazing memories in my 21-year involvement and I wish everyone at the club my best wishes for the future."

He added: "Jim Mallinder (Northampton boss) has his hands firmly on the tiller and I wish him continued success."

Saints chief executive Allan Robson said: "Lennie is one of the longest-serving members of staff and has worked hard behind the scenes for many years.

"He has been committed to the club, staying loyal through thick and thin, and I and everyone at the club wish him all the best for the future."

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