Aviva Premiership
Sale keen on bringing in Ashton
ESPN Staff
September 12, 2012
England boss Brian Ashton watches on, England v Ireland, Six Nations, Twickenham, England, March 15, 2008
Brian Ashton back in his England days © Getty Images
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Sale Sharks chief executive Steve Diamond has revealed that they are working on a deal to bring ex-England coach Brian Ashton to the club in a consultancy role.

Ashton has links with the north having been born in Leigh and alongside spells with Bath, Ireland and England, he spent time with National One side Fylde as their technical director. Ashton is currently working as an ambassador for Kukri and also spends some time on the lecture circuit but Diamond believes that the 65-year-old can still bring something to the Sharks.

Sale have lost their opening two matches of the 2012-13 Aviva Premiership season but have a new head coach in place alongside some fresh faced recruits and Ashton could be added to the jigsaw.

"Brian is a mate and we will be speaking with him with a view to trying to see if we can sort something out," Diamond told the Manchester Evening News. "Brian doesn't want to commit himself to anything like a full-time role as he is very busy with his consultancy work and other interests.

"But, hopefully, we can get him involved with us on a consultancy basis. Obviously, he's an outstanding thinker on the game and the idea is that he would come in on a consultancy basis and look at how we do things as a consultant would.

"He also knows and gets on very well with Danny Cipriani and, just as importantly, he also knows and hugely respects Bryan too."

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