Stephen Gough © Getty Images
Stephen Gough © Getty Images

After managing Australia’s historic ground Melbourne Cricket Club for 17 years, Sports Administrator Stephen Gough has announced retirement. However, he will remain the CEO until an appropriate replacement is found. Gough will resign from that post mostly next year as an executive recruitment firm has been appointed to assist the search for a replacement. Gough earlier served as Carlton Football Club’s chief executive for six years. He overall worked there for 18 years. “It is with regret that I conclude my time at the MCC, which has been such a major part of my life for the last 17 years,” the veteran administrator said in a statement released by MCC on Wednesday. READ: Melbourne Cricket Ground set to undergo ‘Billion-dollar’ transformation: Reports

According to the statement, Gough add, “”However, I think it is an appropriate time for both the club and me. The reputation and connections that the club has, domestically and internationally, makes it such a great place to be involved with, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of that. The club has a strong and diverse set of skills within its committee, with great support from MCG Trustees.”

He said, “I wish to acknowledge these people and the staff, volunteers, members and our partners for their efforts over the period that has made this time so enjoyable. I will certainly miss the challenges involved. However, I know the club is in a solid position to continue to perform as it has done over its long existence.