Sheffield Tigers boss named Great Britain chief

Sheffield Tigers co-owner Damien Bates says the appointment of Simon Stead as joint Great Britain boss is a massive feather in the cap for the club.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 10:52 am
Updated Saturday, 28th September 2019, 03:36 am
Simon Stead

Stead will partner long term friend Oliver Allen in the role after Alun Rossiter quit after the Speedway of Nations in Russia.

He was unveiled to a packed crowd in Cardiff at the weekend where he was for the British Grand Prix.

And Bates said: “Everyone at Sheffield Speedway would like to congratulate Simon on his appointment along with Ollie.

“Simon is Sheffield born and bred and for the city to have a national manager is great. I’m sure he will play a major role.

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“I’d expect him to stay with ourselves if we remain at the club, but as things stand we are still open to offers for next season.

“But that aside it’s a great achievement for Simon and I’m sure his family feel proud, rightly so.

“He rode in World Cups for Great Britain and he works well with riders having been a rider himself until recently. He’s worked hard with the Sheffield lads and always gives them the time they need to try and improve.”

Bates admits it’s been a frustrating season for Sheffield who missed out on the play-offs despite being strongly fancied pre-season.

“It doesn’t always work out and leagues are not won on paper,” said Bates. “I’m not criticising anyone when I say this but we just weren’t good enough in the end, not helped by some injuries.”