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Friday 19 September 2014

Diamond in charge after Sale reshuffle

Steve Diamond has take over team affairs at Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks chief executive Steve Diamond has confirmed he will be in charge of the team for the remainder of the season following Bryan Redpath's removal from the position of director of rugby.

Responding on Monday to reports that Redpath had been axed, Sale - bottom of the Aviva Premiership having lost all of their opening seven league fixtures this term - released a statement which stressed the Scot had not been dismissed by the club.

On Tuesday afternoon, Diamond confirmed he will take over team affairs. He says he will be in charge for the rest of the campaign, aided by John Mitchell - the former New Zealand coach who has been acting as a consultant at Sale - and, the chief executive hopes, Redpath.

Asked about the situation as it currently stood, Diamond told Press Association Sport: "Effectively, now I will be in charge until the end of the season. John Mitchell will be consulting during that period, and hopefully Bryan Redpath.

"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."

It had been thought that Redpath was being offered the post of backs coach, although Diamond was keen to emphasise that the 41-year-old would have a broader remit.

"It is a bit more than that - it is to be involved in the integrity of the coaching, not just a backs position," Diamond said. "It is working within the coaching group and facilitating attack, defence, all sorts of stuff. Maybe not forwards, but generally all other aspects of the game."

Asked if he felt Redpath would be happy to work in the new structure, Diamond said: "The conversations we have had have been very positive and we would like to think that, yes. He has a bit of time to consider it and he will be coming back to us either today or tomorrow with that decision."

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