Former New Zealand and England coach John Mitchell linked with return to struggling Sale Sharks

By James Scott

Sale Sharks are reportedly interested in brining former player John Mitchell back to the club in a bid to improve their Aviva Premiership campaign.

The Sharks are currently rooted to the foot of the table, having suffered six defeats and taken just one bonus point this campaign.  

Reports in the national media have suggested Mitchell as a potential direct replacement for Steve Scott – with who the club parted company with last month – but he could also be installed in a wider consultancy role.

The Sunday Times claimed that Mitchell is seen by Sale chief executive Steve Diamond as the man to add some much-needed discipline to the club.

However, the club has declined to make comment on any suggestions that Mitchell will join them.  

Mitchell played at for Sale in the late1990s before taking up the role of director at the club.

Mitchell’s coaching career has seen him involved in Clive Woodward’s set-up for England, as well as coaching the New Zealand team at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Recently Mitchell has been employed in South Africa with the Golden Lions of Johannesburg, though his position there is under threat, having been suspended three months ago.

It is thought Sale will not be able to recruit Mitchell until his legal dispute with the Golden Lions is clarified.

Sale now take a welcome break from their Aviva Premiership duties and embark on two weeks of European action before their game away to Worcester on October 26.

The Sharks entertain Cardiff Blues on October 14, before a trip to Montpellier on October 21 and will be looking to get finally get back to winning ways.

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