London - Former All Black coach John Mitchell quit as Sale Sharks head coach on
Saturday after just a month in charge of the English Premiership club.
Mitchell led Sale to just their second league win of the season against
Worcester on Friday, but less than 24 hours later Sale confirmed the Kiwi had
left his role to return to South Africa for personal reasons.
The 48-year-old only joined Sale at the end of November, having previously
worked for them on a consultancy basis, as the struggling Sharks battle to
avoid relegation from the Premiership.
Sale owner Brian Kennedy said in a statement: "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 night's
Mitchell has a role as technical advisor at
the Johannesburg-based Lions, having been moved from his position as head coach
last month following a legal wrangle.