Gloucester threaten Sale over Redpath exit
April 18, 2012
Bryan Redpath took over at Gloucester in 2009 © Getty Images
Gloucester director Ryan Walkinshaw says his club will launch a "no holds barred legal attack" if they discover an approach from Sale Sharks was behind Bryan Redpath's decision to resign.
The former Scotland and Sale scrum-half cited Gloucester's disappointing season for his decision to walk away after three years in charge at Kingsholm. Redpath's departure comes four days before Gloucester meet Sale in a crunch Premiership game, with both sides competing for the final Heineken Cup qualification place.
Walkinshaw initially stressed Redpath's decision to leave was not connected to reports linking him with the vacant head coach's role at Sale. But he later took to Twitter and said: "BUT if we find ANY evidence to increase our suspicions that Sale have manufactured this we'll fight back with a no holds barred legal attack".
Walkinshaw will turn his attention to recruiting the coach who will bring guy to bring "future glory" in the Premiership and the Heineken Cup to Kingsholm. Gloucester have signed New Zealand scrum-half Jimmy Cowan, England No. 8 Ben Morgan and future international Billy Twelvetrees for next season.
"Hardest three days so far in the job," Walkinshaw tweeted. "Thanks to Brush [Redpath] for all he did. Now time to find the guy to bring our awesome squad to future glory. The players and the fans deserve a top level coach who will utilise the exciting squad we have to their maximum potential.
"As a club we will not stop until we find the right guy for the job, and who we believe will support the team to win Premierships and HC's [Heineken Cups]".
Sale have been on the lookout for a new head coach since last month, when Tony Hanks left the club immediately after a 45-9 home defeat to Saracens.
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