Aviva Premiership
Diamond set for Sale Sharks return
ESPNscrum Staff
January 13, 2011
Russia coach Steve Diamond gets his message across, Russia v Argentina Jaguares, Slava Stadium, Moscow, Russia, October 23, 2010
Diamond previously served as coach of the Sharks between 2001 and 2004 © Getty Images

Sale have revealed that Steve Diamond is set to return to the Aviva Premiership club next month as Executive Director of Sport.

Diamond, who racked up 290 appearances for the Sharks during his playing career and also served as coach between 2001 and 2004, will be responsible for "all rugby related matters including player recruitment, coaching, medical and support staff, on field performance and the management of all rugby related budgets". Current head coach Pete Anglesea will remain as part of the coaching team when Diamond takes charge on February 1.

During his previous spell with the club Diamond was responsible for signing internationals Kevin Yates, Jason White and Andrew Sheridan and gave debuts to current first teamers Mark Cueto and Chris Jones. He later went on to coach the England Saxons before a spell as manager of Premiership side Saracens.

Most recently he has served as Head of Recruitment for Northampton Saints while also acting as head coach for Russia who qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand under his stewardship. However, he will now step down from that role to take on the Sale Sharks position full time.

"I am thrilled to be back at Sale Sharks and cannot wait to get started," said Diamond. "Whilst there is a lot to do with regards to the recruitment of both players and support staff for next season I am aware that we still have lots to play for this year. We have the core of a very good young squad here whose potential really does enthuse me. If we can keep them together, recruit other talent around them and establish the right culture that means they are playing to their full potential, we will be successful."

Sharks owner Brian Kennedy welcomed Diamond's return to Edgeley Park, adding, "I am absolutely delighted to welcome Steve back to Sale Sharks, a club that I know means so much to him. Over the past few weeks we have had enormous interest in the role from some world class candidates from all over the world. However once Steve expressed his desire to join I knew there would be only one man for the job.

"He will bring with him a knowledge and experience of the Aviva Premiership and how to succeed in what is the toughest club rugby competition in the world. His expertise in recruitment is second to none as are his skills in implementing the right structures needed in order for success."

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