Sale rocked by Peel setback
September 28, 2012
Dwayne Peel will be out for four weeks © Getty Images
Sale Sharks will be without star scrum-half Dwayne Peel for a month after the former Welsh international suffered a shoulder injury last weekend.
There were original fears that Peel had badly dislocated his shoulder against London Welsh which would have resulted in a lengthy spell on the sidelines. But Peel will not be forced to undergo surgery and he should be back in action in four weeks time. Although Peel will be back for the Sharks sooner than some had feared, the news of his injury will still be a massive blow for the beleaguered side.
They are the only side in the Aviva Premiership to yet register a win this season and lie at the foot of the table with a solitary point to their name. They have acted swiftly to stop the rot by sacking forwards coach Steve Scott with CEO Steve Diamond now assuming that position on a temporary basis.
Coach Bryan Redpath is only four games into his Sharks tenure but he will be under pressure to secure their first win of the season sooner rather than later. And he believes that Diamond's foray onto the training field will help stabilise the side.
"It is a strange circumstance, Dimes coming back, but it's what it is and I don't think we're in a position to be picking and choosing," Redpath told the Manchester Evening News. "Obviously, Steve has coached me before when I was a player and I've seen him coach and I understand what he wants and how he delivers it.
"He was obviously involved last year and he knows the players well and what he felt worked last year and having him on the training field is fine. We are very similar. Steve probably handles things a little differently to me but our values towards this place are the same and we are old-school mentality in lots of ways.
"Backs and forwards have a different mentality so you need to use those old-school values in different ways to get the best out of people. Hopefully, we can do that in the short term and look around to see if there is anyone else who suits this environment.
"That's important. It's not necessarily the best coaches, it's who suits the environment so we'll wait and see. At this moment, for me, I just need to focus on each day and ensure that the displays we saw at Exeter and against London Welsh don't reoccur."
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