Sharks coach John Plumtree linked to Gloucester

English Premiership Rugby club have admitted that they have a four-strong list of candidates for their head coach position one of which is believed to be Sharks Super Rugby coach John Plumtree.

Bryan Redpath stepped down as head coach last month and forwards specialist Carl Hogg took charge for Gloucester’s final two league games of the season against Sale Sharks and London Irish.

Hogg’s team lost both matches and although he has made it clear he wants to replace Redpath on a permanent basis, Gloucester officials have held talks with several candidates in Britain and the southern hemisphere.

Former Bath boss Steve Meehan, current Scarlets head coach Nigel Davies and former Swansea coach John Plumtree, who heads up the Durban-based Sharks in South Africa, have all been linked with the job, with Gloucester hoping to have the new coach in place by the end of May.

Gloucester managing director Ken Nottage said on Gloucester’s website that they have cut the list of potential coaches down to four.

“There has been a lot of work going on and we are making some very good progress,” Nottage said on the club’s website.

“We are now down to a much shorter list with, realistically, four options available to us.”

“We are handling the process carefully and doing things by the book.

“Carl (Hogg) has expressed an interest in the role of head coach. “

“He has met with several members of the board and presented his thoughts, and that will be taken into account when we come to make a decision.”

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