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Saint-Andre to quit as Sale boss

Philippe Saint-Andre
Saint-Andre has been an important factor in Sale's success

Former French international Philippe Saint-Andre has resigned from his director of rugby role at Sale Sharks.

Saint-Andre, 41, who joined the club in May 2004, will officially stand down at the end of the current season.

At that point, former Wales captain and current head coach Kingsley Jones will be promoted to director of rugby at the Cheshire-based Premiership club.

Saint-Andre, who has been linked with a return to France, said: "I am proud of the achievements of the team."

In a statement on the club's website, he added: "Coming top of the Guinness Premiership and then going on to win the Guinness Premiership Final against Leicester in 2005-06 was the highlight for me.

"But I am proud of all the teams I have managed over this period and have been privileged to have worked with great players and outstanding coaches and staff.

"I would especially like to thank the fans who have shown great kindness and loyalty to me and my family during my time at the club, and hope that I can repay this support with another trophy at the end of this season."

Sale chief executive James Jennings added: "Philippe's legacy provides the foundation for the club's future success and hopefully Edgeley Park will always remain a little bit of France. We will all be working hard to make Philippe's last season a successful one."

Saint-Andre said Jones was the right man to take over his mantle, stating: "I brought Kingsley to the club in 2004 and like me he is passionate about the club and is determined to achieve success at Sale Sharks. I am certain that the future of the club is in safe hands."

Jones said he had a "clear plan" on how to take Sale further, which would involved further development of the club's academy.

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see also
Saint-Andre lands Sale post
05 Mar 04 |  Rugby Union
Saint-Andre sacked over Wales job
25 Jan 04 |  Internationals

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