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Chief Executive Steve Diamond backs new boss John Mitchell to guide Sale Sharks to Aviva Premiership safety

By James Scott

Steve Diamond insisted newly-appointed Director of Rugby at Sale Sharks John Mitchell has all the credentials to turn round the struggling side’s fortunes. 

Former All Blacks head coach Mitchell will be in charge of first team affairs at Sale for the rest of the season, taking over from Diamond.

Former Sale player Mitchell, who was cleared to take control after leaving South African side Golden Lions, took training yesterday alongside head coach Bryan Redpath, and Diamond stressed the New Zealander is the right man for the job.

“John is very organised and dynamic and he comes with an aura of success,” said Diamond.

“People understand and want to play for people like John, and when I took over the side temporarily for six weeks, someone of John’s ilk was always on my mind.

“John is a very good leader of men as well as a good technical coach.

“Part and parcel of being successful is having those two qualities and having them in a playing squad, and he’s proven time and time again he can do that.”

The Sharks are currently bottom of the Aviva Premiership table with one win from nine games, and are five points adrift of London Irish.

However Diamond believes Mitchell will be able to steer the Sharks away from danger, starting with their clash with Northampton Saints at Salford City Stadium this Friday.

“I’m very confident we can get out of trouble – we’ve got 13 games left,” said Diamond.

“Our target is to be off the bottom by the New Year, and we’ve got three games in which to do that.

”John is very direct and is basic in his demands of what you do in defence and what you do in attack.

“If the team play to what John and Bryan Redpath want them to do, then I’m sure we’ll climb the league.”

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