Sale shock as Mitchell quits just a month into job at Premiership's bottom club
20:50 GMT, 29 December 2012
On his way: Mitchell has quit Sale
Sale's turbulent season took another turn for the worse yesterday when coach John Mitchell resigned after just a month in the job.
Friday night’s narrow Aviva Premiership win over Worcester seemed to have signalled the start of a resurgence, but the 48-year-old on Saturday shocked owner Brian Kennedy by announcing he was standing down with immediate effect.
‘John has had to return to South Africa for personal reasons, which we respect,’ Kennedy said. ‘We are grateful for his valuable and insightful contributions, albeit for a shorter term than envisaged.’