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Hodgson unimpressed by Brewer era

England international Charlie Hodgson has delivered a damning verdict on Mike Brewer's reign as Sale Sharks head coach.

New Zealander Brewer was sacked two days before Christmas, with former Sale captain Pete Anglesea put in charge until the end of this season.

Hodgson told the Manchester Evening News: "I have been at Sale for a long period of time, and for someone to come in and upset the apple-cart so much, it really got to me."

He added: "The squad is no different - it's just a change of mentality. The environment is a much more enjoyable place to be. People don't get abused every day, and it's a nice place to come to work.

"Beforehand, a big part of the squad were not happy. The fact that (Sale owner) Brian (Kennedy) has made his decision has uplifted the place."

Sale lost their first game under Anglesea, but have since beaten Saracens and drawn at Newcastle to take them 12 points clear of Premiership bottom club Leeds Carnegie.

Hodgson is set to leave Sale at the end of the season to hook up with Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens and he said: "I want to put the record straight that regardless of what was said, there was no massive argument with Mike Brewer. Having stated what he did in the press when he criticised me after the Wasps game, that was it. Job done.

"All the subsequent stuff that has come out, that it was all my fault that he's gone, is absolute rubbish.

"The thoughts about possibly doing something else came before he arrived. But it's fair to say once he arrived, at that time he definitely made my mind up.

"I've given everything I can to this club, and this guy's come in and made it really awkward for everybody - not just me. And that's what I struggled to come to terms with."


From Belfast Telegraph