The announcement on Wednesday evening from the Cornish Pirates regarding the departure of head coach Jim McKay ended the days of speculation concerning his future at the club, much of it hyped up by certain sectors of the media. Coming just over a week since Dicky Evans announced that he was stepping down from his role with the Pirates, the good ship Pirate has been forced to weather a couple of force 10 storms. Despite all this, optimism remains high that the club will be all the stronger at the end of this upheaval. I for one very much agree with this sentiment.
McKay will of course be remembered for taking the Cornish Pirates to Twickenham last April and that remarkable win over Exeter Chiefs in the final of the EDF-Energy National Trophy. He has of course achieved much more than that, in the three and half years at the club he has built the Cornish Pirates into a formidable force in National League 1. He now feels that he has taken the side as far as he possibly can and feels that the time is now right to move on to fresh challenges. I wish Jim well for the future and thank him for all that he has done during his time at the Pirates