Chip off the old block
Gloucester's chairman Ryan Walkinshaw told the Rugby Club that he is learning the art of patience.
Last Updated: 07/02/13 9:55pm
The Rugby Club catches up with Gloucester's 25-year-old chairman Ryan Walkinshaw.
It has been three years since Walkinshaw inherited the business after the untimely death of his father Tom - not that he was a total stranger to Kingsholm.
"I worked for nine months in the marketing department here when I was 18," explained Ryan on the Rugby Club.
"My first project was getting new floodlights up. My Dad kept on coming back and saying I want them bigger, Bath's are bigger I want them bigger than theirs. I realised how difficult it was to work with my Dad at times but it was also quite entertaining."
Walkinshaw gave up deejaying in Ibiza to take over the reins and definitely has some of his father in him.
"You would not even have to ask my Mum, I get nearly everyone I meet saying how much I am like my Dad. One of the big things my father used to say was that when he was in this role his responsibility was making sure that a club that has been around for 140 years, is around for another 140 years after him. That sustainability concept has been ingrained into my philosophies since coming on board here."
The challenge is to keep the books balanced while getting some silverware in, a tough challenge for any club but Walkinshaw has learnt some patience.
"We are obviously a salary-capped squad - we pay the full salary cap plus we have a marquee player in our squad a swell. We are spending the maximum amount we are allowed to spend - if you can't win the Premiership with that amount of money in your squad then you have to question how other squads can be doing it.
"We should be on an even playing field and I believe that Gloucester has the potential to go out and win something - we should be winning something.
"I have learnt over the last two years that not being patient will get you into situations where you don't want to be in. I am perfectly capable of holding back my desires for something in the understanding that by being patient will help the company grow in a much more sustainable and efficient way."