1. ITV Report

John Mitchell leaves Sale Sharks

Sale Sharks' Director of Rugby John Mitchell has returned prematurely to South Africa for personal reasons.

Mitchell's departure comes less than 24 hours after Sale won only their second Premiership game of the season following a 33-27 victory over Worcester.

The 48 year old, who's from New Zealand was in charge at Sale for a month.

The club's owner Brian Kennedy released a statement saying, “John was brought in on a consultancy basis with a view to the possibility of being employed in a longer term position within Sale Sharks. He has had to return to South Africa for personal reasons which we respect. We are grateful for his valuable and insightful contributions albeit for a shorter term than envisaged. Steve Diamond, Bryan Redpath and Pete Anglesea will continue to coach the side, implementing many of John’s ideas, and building on last nights excellent performance.”

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