Stephen Bunting, 2014 World Champion, has become the latest big name to take matters into his own hands.
Darts World has noted an increase in the number of top darts professionals who are intent on managing their own affairs. It seems that the changing model of elite-level darts, with no entry fees and costs being reduced in general, combined with the time and space presented by Lockdown has caused a rethink amongst some of the game’s biggest names.
Our The Boardroom section alluded to this in DW570 (order here) and suggested that players, manufacturers and management companies would make significant changes in the coming months. This appear to be the first visible confirmation.
Stephen announced today (via social media) that he would leave Nevada Sports Management and, although he would seek the help and advise of others, manage his own career:
After 7 and a half great years with Nevada Sports Management, my journey with them has come to an end. I would like to thank Jon Archer and Jacqui Moore who helped me fulfill my greatest ever achievement in darts to date becoming world champion.
We have had lots of fun and laughs throughout this time together and our friendship will continue to flourish.
Over the last few months due to the coronavirus, It has given me time to think about my future and I felt that the time was now right to give it a go and manage myself. I put this to Jon and he agreed and has kindly offered support and advice if I need it.
I would like to wish Jon, Jacqui, and all involved with Nevada all the very best for the future.
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