Sale Sharks have confirmed Bryan Redpath as their new Director of Rugby, bringing to an end one of the game’s longest contractual disputes in the professional era. Redpath resigned before Gloucester’s penultimate game of the season back in April and received heavy criticism from many at his former club for his actions, with owner Ryan Walkinshaw threatening to sue if it emerged that Redpath had been “poached” by Sale.
CEO Steve Diamond said:
“What I’ve always wanted since returning to the club was a proven coach in the Aviva Premiership, and in Bryan Redpath that’s exactly what we’ve got. Bryan became available from Gloucester at the end of last season. 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.”
“Bryan is very similar to me in many respects.His DNA was on the club for a long time, as was mine.There are two routes we need to take going forward.I can take the strategy and drive the Club forward off the field, but in the last weeks of last season I found myself trying to be ‘master of all trades’ and have to be honest in that nobody can do that well. I was therefore looking for someone who had a similar hardworking, knowledgeable outlook with no ‘messing around’ to deal with onfield matters . Bryan is absolutely ideal. He has very similar attributes to myself, although in all honesty he was a better player.”
“There have been a few changes here. Seven years away coaching down at Gloucester has been great for me and it’s great to come back up. There are still a few ‘old’ faces hanging around! I’m delighted with the move and am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”
“It’s a great move for the club to be playing at the new stadium at Salford, which is bigger and has easy access. We need to make it somewhere special for Sale Sharks – the venue definitely looks as though it’s going to be good for us.”
“If we can get to the top end of the Premiership, that would be great. It’s not easy. Talk is cheap to reach the top four, there’s a lot of hard work for us but Steve set a good standard in the last twelve months. We need to keep on that road and push every department hard.”