Reports surfaced last night on the BBC and elsewhere that Sale coach Bryan Redpath had been sacked by CEO Steve Diamond.
Within an hour, the club had released a statement to say that Redpath had NOT been dismissed by Sale, but that led to speculation about whether his role had been changed, and he was being sidelined by the club.
The backdrop to all this is the imminent arrival of John Mitchell, a no-nonsense Kiwi coach that has been known to get people’s backs up, but can also forge a steely winning mentality (apparently).
So is Redpath being moved aside for Mitchell to come in? Does Diamond hope that he leaves of his own accord, which presumably removes the need for a severance package? Could this be the end of his coaching career?
There have been so many ups and downs and dawning of new eras at Sale over the last couple of years, but they never seem to get going. Only one man has overseen the whole lot…
There’s a press conference at Sale later today, so we should have an update later. Feel free to post it in the comments if you hear about it first.
Update: Statement from Brian Kennedy, 31st Oct:
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. 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.