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Redpath favourite for Sale job

Bryan Redpath is the favourite to take charge at Sale Sharks after resigning as Gloucester's head coach with immediate effect.

The former Scotland and Sale scrum-half cited Gloucester's disappointing season for his decision to walk away after three years in charge at Kingsholm. Redpath's departure comes four days before Gloucester meet Sale in a crunch Aviva Premiership game, with both sides competing for the final Heineken Cup qualification place.

"I've offered my resignation with a heavy heart," Redpath said. "It's a results-driven business we're in and I hold my hand up and take full responsibility for the fact that we've not performed as we should have."

Gloucester are scrapping for a top-six finish after losing their last four matches and forwards coach Carl Hogg will take charge of preparations for Saturday's crucial showdown.

Redpath, who played for Sale between 2000 and 2005, is understood to have been in talks with his former club after being approached about the prospect of replacing Tony Hanks. An announcement could be made next week.

Sale have signed Danny Cipriani and Richie Gray for next season and chief executive Steve Diamond has been searching for a new head coach since Hanks' departure last month, in the immediate aftermath of a 45-9 home defeat to Saracens.

Gloucester board member Ryan Walkinshaw insisted Redpath's decision to leave was not connected to reports linking him with the vacant head coach's role at Sale.

"It is with great sadness that the board accepted Bryan's resignation. He's a fine man, a good coach with strong principles and no-one could have worked harder to make a success of the role," Walkinshaw said. "However, he feels responsible for the recent run of disappointing results on the field of play and feels that he has taken things as far as he can.

"We respect that decision. We would like to stress that Bryan's departure is not connected with recent media speculation regarding his future and is based purely on results.

"We would like to thank him for everything he's done for Gloucester Rugby and wish him every success in his future endeavours."

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