Bryan Redpath accepts head coach role at Sale Sharks

Last Updated: 31/10/12 4:30pm

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Bryan Redpath was removed from the director or rugby role

Bryan Redpath was removed from the director or rugby role

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Sale Sharks have confirmed that Bryan Redpath has accepted the position of head coach at the Aviva Premiership club.

The former Scotland international moves into the new role after being removed from the director of rugby position with the Sharks earlier this week.

Redpath will now be part of a rugby strategy management board chaired by club owner Brian Kennedy, chief executive Steve Diamond, former All Blacks and England assistant boss John Mitchell and Ian Blackhurst.

Sale are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership following seven successive league defeats this season.

Kennedy said: "We are delighted to announce that Bryan Redpath will be taking on the role of head coach of Sale Sharks as from today.

"His four-year contract that commenced this year will stay in force. Sale Sharks have formed a rugby strategy management board which will meet regularly to devise and review the long-term rugby strategy.

"This board will be chaired by Brian Kennedy and consist of the following members: Ian Blackhurst, Steve Diamond, John Mitchell and Bryan Redpath.

Priority

"The priority of all the management within Sale Sharks is to get back to winning ways and secure our position in the Premiership. We believe we have the playing and coaching talent and structure to achieve this.

"Beyond this we must plan medium- and long-term to compete at the top of the game, and this will be the remit of the strategy board."

Diamond confirmed on Tuesday that he will be in charge of the team for the remainder of this season.

Former New Zealand coach and England assistant Mitchell, though, has been linked with a return to the club for a while.

Mitchell watched Sale's most recent games, including last Friday's narrow Premiership defeat against Worcester, and has been working with the club as a consultant.

Redpath took over at Sale in June, signing a four-year deal after leaving Gloucester.

But despite making some big-name signings, including Danny Cipriani and Richie Gray, Sale are currently firm relegation favourites with a third of the Premiership season having elapsed.

They have recorded a solitary victory from nine starts in all competitions this term, beating Heineken Cup opponents Cardiff Blues earlier this month.

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