Ex England and Ireland RFU Assistant coach Mike Ford as been named as a contender for the vacant Director of Rugby post at Northampton Saints, following Tuesday’s surprise sacking of Jim Mallinder.
Mallinder was advised on Tuesday that his services were no longer required after more than a decade in the position, with the club currently in 10th place in the premiership and on the verge of being knocked out of Europe the decision apparently came from the Board and Share holders who believe it was the right time for a change!
Although Alan Dickens has been put in temporary charge, it is believed the Saints Hierarchy would like to sort out a replacement as soon as possible.
Ford the father of current England halfback George Ford, is currently working in the USA as head coach of the Dallas Griffins, but has the credentials for the role after over a decade coaching in the English the top flight with Newcastle and Bath who he guided to the Premiership title in 2015, before having a short stint in charge of European super power Toulon last season.
With Dallas delaying their entry into the USA major league until 2019, they may allow Ford to work with the Saints on a short-term basis.
Another name that as also been mentioned with the position is former England coach Stuart Lancaster who is currently working in a senior coach position for Irish club Leinster and having signed a new contract only last May they’re maybe a cost involved to bringing him back to the UK.
Northampton aren’t the only club looking for a Director of Rugby as Worcester are continuing their search for a replacement for Gary Gold who will be leaving the club at the end of the season.