CHRIS Green has stepped down as director of rugby at Rochford Hundred.

Green won a trio of successive promotions during his three seasons in charge.

And Rochford’s interim chairman Ray Stephenson was keen to thank Green for his efforts.

“During the last three seasons of enormous success for the first team, one man has been at the helm during this period and that’s Chris, “said Stephenson.

“He has overseen our remarkable success in winning those three consecutive promotions while also winning 54 games on the trot, all with a bonus point, and only losing two out of 70 matches in total.

“But Chris has now decided that the time is right for him to take a break from rugby and pursue his business interest outside of rugby.

“We as a club have a great amount of respect and gratitude for what he has done for the club during his period here as our director of rugby and we all wish him well for the future.”

Chairman Pete Van Den Broek, vice-chairman Wayne Seaby and treasurer Matt Meadows have also stepped down from their roles.

But Stephenson expects them all to remain involved with the club.

“It is important to note that all of them are staying as active participants, members, supporters and sponsors of the club,” said Stephenson.

“We thank them for all the hard work each has put in to developing the club as a whole over past few seasons.”

Coach Chris Waring has also left Magnolia Road but Rochford have moved quickly to appoint Danny Cleare as head coach.

And Cleare cannot wait to get started.

“I joined this club when I was four years old and played in every age group all the way to the first team, “said Cleare.

“I have so many fond memories here and have been part of some excellent teams.

“But there has never been a more exciting time to be at this club than right now.

“We have an excellent squad that has won 68 out of its last 70 games, won three consecutive league titles and now it’s ready to mix it in National Two South.”

Paul Head has moved into the head of rugby role while James Tirrell will continue as the club’s specialist coach.