Saturday 20 January 2018

O'Sullivan in running for role of coach at Sale Sharks

Hugh Farrelly

SALE SHARKS are the latest club to be linked with former Irish coach Eddie O'Sullivan.

The English Premiership side announced this week that director of sport Steve Diamond would take up chief executive duties on February 1, and O'Sullivan has contacted Sale, through his manager, to declare his availability for a role in the club should it become available.

The short-term plan is for Diamond to combine the two positions of chief executive and director, with Tony Hanks continuing as head coach, but with the club planning a major drive, built around their chief executive, to become the "rugby hub of England's north west" that situation could change.

O'Sullivan, who finished a two-and-a-half-year stint with the US Eagles after the World Cup, has also declared his interest in a position with the Ospreys following their director of rugby Scott Johnson's announcement that he would be joining Scotland's coaching team at the end of the season.

That interest was declared formally to Ospreys chief operating officer Andrew Hore, who says a decision has yet to be made on whether to appoint a direct replacement for Johnson or not. Head coach Sean Holley has expressed his ambition to move to the director role, which would free up his existing position at the Welsh club.

Meanwhile, Ireland World Cup stars Stephen Ferris, Rory Best and Andrew Trimble return to action tonight when Ulster face Michael Bradley's Edinburgh in a Pro12 clash in Murrayfield.

Munster and Leinster name their teams today for this weekend's league clashes with Treviso and Cardiff, respectively, and are also set to include a clutch of returning internationals, including Ireland's Six Nations captain Paul O'Connell.

Irish Independent

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