FORMER Swindon Town chairman Jed McCrory is the “driving force” behind the new ownership of Worcester Warriors, according to Bill Bolsover.

McCrory is part of a four-man consortium group that have completed a takeover of the loss-making Premiership outfit for an undisclosed deal.

Errol Pope, who is a finance specialist in property and commodity trading, is the primary funder alongside McCrory, Scott Priestnall and former Saracens and Sale Sharks player David Seymour.

But Bolsover revealed Alcester-based McCrory would be running the club.

“Errol is a commodity dealer and has been a friend of Jed’s for 20 or 30 years, I believe,” Bolsover said.

“He will not necessarily by a front-line guy, like the guy at Sixways Holdings.

“It will be run by Jed.

“Errol will certainly be around and I am sure he will come to matches but he is not a guy who is going to be here every week.”

McCrory became Swindon chairman in February 2013 before departing in December that year.

He has also been involved in a number of other football clubs including Banbury United and Solihull Moors.

Bolsover continued: “Jed said he doesn’t know a lot about rugby but he likes what they can do with what is happening in Worcester.

“The fact Worcester has a university and then he goes over the road and there is an amateur club that has 500 kids. That’s what he likes.

“I think he thinks he can develop that.

“He is from Alcester and lives there.

“The others aren’t local as David Seymour is based up in Manchester.

“I think it is only really important that we have Jed (locally-based) as I see him being very much the driving force.”

On Priestnall, Bolsover added: “He has more of a commercial and marketing background.

“Scott has worked with Jed for a long time.”

Bolsover said Seymour would also be a “useful addition” to the club having recently ended his 15-year playing career.

The 34-year-old made almost 200 appearances for Sale after joining from Saracens in 2009.

“There is certainly no harm to have someone with rugby experience,” Bolsover said.

“He has only just finished his rugby career and he is an interesting guy to have another view on the board.

“Some clubs have too many rugby people on the board which can then change the focus of the club.

“But having him on will be a useful addition.”

Bolsover confirmed long-standing directors John Crabtree and Anthony Glossop have left after 10 years at the club.

But Bolsover would remain as chairman to ensure there was a “smooth transition” and Gus Mackay continues as managing director while Cecil Duckworth stays on as president.

“Alan (Solomons, director of rugby) runs the rugby and Gus runs anything non-rugby,” Bolsover said.

“They both link in to me because we have not got a group chief executive in the club.

“I would hope that would develop in the next few months.

“I don’t intend to sit here and run all the roles that I have done standing in for the past nine months.

“I will remain as chairman, whether that’s going to be long term or not.”