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Sale owner has faith in Anglesea

Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy has described Pete Anglesea as "the obvious choice" to step in for departed head coach Mike Brewer.

Anglesea, a former Sale captain who has been heading up the club's academy, will be in charge of first team affairs until the end of this season. The 39-year-old will be assisted by new forwards coach Steve Scott, backs coach Byron Hayward and defence specialist Graham Steadman.

"Pete Anglesea is the obvious choice to lead the team in the short term," said Kennedy. "He has been part of the club for many years as a player, and his coaching record this season with the (Sale) Jets and the LV= Cup squad is exemplary. He has yet to taste defeat."

Anglesea's first game in charge will be a testing encounter against reigning Aviva Premiership champions Leicester at Welford Road on Monday.

Sale are currently eight places and 17 points behind the Tigers, having won just three league games from nine starts under Brewer, who left the club with immediate effect on Thursday.

The New Zealander was only appointed earlier this year, replacing ex-England union and league star Jason Robinson as part of a coaching reshuffle at Edgeley Park.

"We will now undertake a thorough search to secure the best coaching team and structure for the future," added Kennedy.

"We have a superb crop of young players coming through the academy, a set of established internationals, plus the desire to make a number of key new signings over the next six months."

Brewer, who played for New Zealand in the 1995 World Cup final against South Africa, arrived in Cheshire aiming to revive Sale's fortunes.

But he was unable to make an impact, although his job was not made easier by injuries to key players, including Mathew Tait, Charlie Hodgson and James Gaskell, the young forward prospect he appointed skipper in August.


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