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Redpath: No skulduggery in Sale move
ESPN Staff
June 8, 2012
Sale Sharks' chief executive Steve Diamond and new director of rugby Bryan Redpath, Sale Sharks training ground, England, May 31, 2012
Bryan Redpath pens his new contract with Sale © www.markwilliamsonphotography.com
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New Sale Sharks boss Bryan Redpath is adamant that his recent appointment was done by the book.

Sale Sharks confirmed one of rugby's worst kept secrets when they unveiled the former Gloucester boss as their new director of rugby last Thursday. Redpath was linked with the post at Sale while he was at Gloucester but resigned in April citing loss of form as the reason behind his decision. Gloucester accepted his resignation but also sounded a warning that they would pursue legal action if they found any evidence that Sale "manufactured" the move.

But in response to suggestions that Redpath resigned from Gloucester with one eye on the Sale job, he insists that the whole process was completely above board.

"I took my responsibilities with Gloucester extremely seriously," Redpath told the Manchester Evening News. "I genuinely felt my time had been done with this group of players and it was the right time to move on. Of course there's speculation. I was under contract so it was speculation about potentially going here or going there, like there is for every manager or head coach in sport.

"The fact is that I chose to make a decision and it was time for me to move on. I never personally had any discussions with anyone else at any other club. When I left on April 17, I wanted 10 days away because I needed time away from it. That's what I did. I didn't get involved in any of the discussions around it.

"The people who represent me were looking at options like Cardiff, Munster and here. It's just the way it happens. I was bitterly disappointed with how the season worked out for me at Gloucester but I've got a lot of respect for the people down there. I owe them a lot. But it was time for me to change and do something different. This is a new challenge at Sale."

Sale Sharks chief executive Steve Diamond has also revealed that he offered Redpath's job to someone else prior to approaching his new director of rugby.

"Bryan became available at the end of the season and I went back on that initial decision," Diamond said. "The person had agreed. There were no contracts put in place but he'd agreed. But I thought that speaking to Bryan was the right thing for the club. He's got a proven track record and he's got a lot of history with the club.

"Once he decided to leave Gloucester, even though we'd made a decision, it was the natural thing to interview him. And once we interviewed him, I knew he was the right man for us."

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