Diamond assumes Sharks coaching role
Struggling Sale Sharks have confirmed Bryan Redpath has been relieved of his director of rugby duties but he could still stay on.
The former Sale and Scotland scrum-half has been offered a coaching role following a run of seven Aviva Premiership defeats out of seven games at the start of the season.
Chief executive Steve Diamond will now take charge of overall team affairs and hopes Redpath will join him alongside former New Zealand coach John Mitchell.
Diamond said: "The situation is that after a lot of poor results we have asked Bryan just to take a little bit of time out, a couple of days off to reconsider what we are doing and how we restructure our rugby department.
"We want him to be involved moving forward. He is contracted for a long time after making a big move from Gloucester and we want him to be involved.
"We just need to get the balance of that right, and it clearly isn't right (judging) by our results, so we just want to change it around a little bit to make sure we get the most out of our resources in the coaching - myself, Bryan and John Mitchell."
On Monday night Sale released a statement denying Redpath had been sacked and his position has now been clarified although there remains the possibility he could still opt to leave the north-west club.