Diamond takes over from Redpath at Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks Chief Executive Steve Diamond has confirmed that he will be in charge of the team for the rest of the season after Bryan Redpath was removed as Director of Rugby.

The Sharks have confirmed that Redpath has not been sacked and that he has been offered a a role on the coaching staff ahead of John Mitchell’s arrival.

Redpath is currently considering his position and, contrary to media reports broadcast on Monday evening, has not left the club.

The club expects to make a further statement this week. Diamond will be in charge at Friday’s Aviva Premiership game against London Irish.

It is expected that John Mitchell will return to take up a consultancy role at the club. Mitchell returned to South Africa at lunchtime on Tuesday, having watched the Sharks’ matches against Cardiff Blues, Montpellier and Worcester Warriors as an advisor.

At a media session on Tuesday lunchtime, Diamond said, “The situation is that after a lot of poor results, we have asked Bryan just to take a little bit of time out, a couple of days off to reconsider what we are doing and how we restructure our rugby department.

“We want him to be involved moving forward. He is contracted for a long time after making a big move from Gloucester and we want him to be involved.

“We just need to get the balance of that right, and it clearly isn’t right, judging by our results, so we just want to change it around a little bit to make sure we get the most out of our resources in the coaching – myself, Bryan and John Mitchell. There are only 22 games and we’ve lost a third of those,” Diamond said.

“We’ve got to a point where we need to start turning the corner. We had to make the decision quickly, which is more of a reshuffle than anything else. Hopefully Bryan will accept that and we’ll move forward.

“The legacy that Bryan took over was in reasonable condition, and maybe I’ve been negligent in not being around as much,” added Diamond.

“My DNA was written all over the team and maybe I should have been involved a bit more than I have been.

“I take a lot of responsibility. I put Bryan Redpath into that role and I put the team together.

“The team is going to be run by myself from now on and we want Bryan to be part of us in the skill sets that he shows on a regular basis.

“We think he is very valuable in the club. He’s got a lot of experience, he fits into our coaching team and the positivity of the club moving forward. We don’t want to see him leave.

“It is a sideways move and it will be for the benefit of the team. He is definitely keen to stay. He is very positive about the situation.”

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