Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Gloucester to debate Redpath appointment

Bryan Redpath

Gloucester are thought to be considering their position following Bryan Redpath's appointment as Sale Sharks rugby director.

Press Association Sport understands that the west country club's directors will discuss events after their former head coach was formally unveiled by Sale on Friday.

Redpath quit as Gloucester boss in April and club director Ryan Walkinshaw warned of possible legal action if proof ever emerged that an approach had been made to Redpath while he was still at Kingsholm. Sale have vigorously and consistently denied any such approach, although it is believed that Gloucester will now further debate the matter.

Redpath, meanwhile, has been described as an "absolutely ideal" appointment by Sale's chief executive Steve Diamond.

Former Sale captain Redpath's move from Gloucester had been widely expected following weeks of speculation linking him with the post.

He spent five years with the club as a player, with his farewell appearance coming in the 2005 European Challenge Cup final when Sale beat French club Pau.

"Bryan became available from Gloucester at the end of last season," Diamond said. "As soon as he did, we were keen to talk to him. Following our discussions, he agreed to be our director of rugby, and we are delighted."

Redpath added: "I am delighted with the move and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"I want to carry on what Steve has started. He's brought back a club culture.

"People who care about playing for Sale Sharks are important. I had five great years here and loved every minute. I want to make sure that everyone is playing here for the right reasons."

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