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Sale has announced that rugby manager Steve Diamond has left the Gallagher Premiership club with immediate effect for personal reasons.
In a statement issued by the Sharks, Diamond said he had made the decision to “get out of business.”
Diamond, 52, took Sale to the verge of a Premiership play-off place last season
Diamond’s surprising exit comes just three games into the new Premiership season, and just four days before Sale’s Heineken Champions Cup opens against Toulon.
“After 10 proud years with Sale Sharks, I have made the decision to walk away from the business,” he said.
“ I feel like this is the perfect time to hand it over to someone else given that the club is now stable and in a great position to compete at the highest level.
Diamond’s shock departure comes four days before Sale’s Heineken Champions Cup opener
“ It leaves Sale Sharks in a strong position, having improved the club in many ways, and we wish him every success in the future.
“Paul Deacon will assume the responsibility of the first team as head coach as we take stock and plan for the future.”
Diamond, 52, led Sale to the brink of a Premiership play-off spot last season, but his last game against Worcester was lost following a coronavirus at Sharks camp.
Sale has started the current campaign with two wins and a narrow loss at Newcastle, and is ranked in many quarters as Exeter’s top title challengers.