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Charles Morgan was recently ousted from a leadership role at the British sports car and three-wheeler manufacturer that bears his family name, and he wants back in. The Morgan Motor Company told Autocar that Charles "is no longer involved in the running of the business."
However, Morgan said that he is "appealing that decision," without giving any further details. Yesterday, Morgan thanked his Twitter followers for their support, saying it had been a "sad, strange day."
Morgan was ousted as head of the Morgan Motor Company back in March, after the company's board of directors apparently became disenchanted with his performance as managing director. Morgan was succeeded by Steve Morris, the company's former operations director. At the time, a company statement said Morgan would stay on in a figurehead role.
In a statement issued yesterday, the company said the management change was a response to "growth in volumes, model range, and overseas markets."
According to Autocar, Charles Morgan disputed that statement, saying that it didn't really explain the company's decision.
"It confuses growth in volumes with growth in sales and doesn't suggest whether we are responding to either," he said. "And it also suggests that I resisted overseas markets and global expansion when I was the one going abroad."
Charles Morgan is the grandson of company founder H.F.S. Morgan, who started manufacturing cyclecars in 1910 and held the title of managing director until 1959. H.F.S. Morgan was succeeded by Peter Morgan--his son, and Charles' father--who stayed on until 2003.
Charles joined the family business in 1985, after working as a television cameraman and taking a job in publishing. He became managing director in 2006.