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Allison to become new Mercedes Technical Director

James Allison is joining Mercedes. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Formula One team Mercedes has appointed James Allison as its new Technical Director.

The 48-year-old was part of title-winning teams Ferrari and Renault in the past, and will start work on March 1.

Allison will help fill the void left by Paddy Lowe who was placed on gardening leave in January ahead of a proposed move to Williams.

I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport.

It's a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.

– James Allison, Mercedes Technical Director

Saints Chief Executive blows whistle on career

Northampton Saints Chief Executive retires. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced that Chief Executive Allan Robson will be retiring at the end of the season.

Robson has been at Franklin’s Gardens for nearly two decades, joining as commercial director in 2000 and then stepping up to chief executive in 2006.

He said:

It has been a rollercoaster ride at times and while the successes we have had on and off the pitch have been enjoyable, I am also very proud of the way we have come through the low points, too, which have given us the strength to make us the club we are today.

“The Saints supporters are second to none in their passion and desire for us to do well, and we have the best group of sponsors in the league. It has also been an exciting time to be a part of club rugby, which has grown dramatically over the past few seasons.

– Allan Robson
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