Northampton say they will seek a “world-class” rugby director to succeed Jim Mallinder at Franklin’s Gardens.
“Jim has done a superb job as Northampton Saints’ director of rugby over the last decade, and the amount of silverware the club has won during his tenure speaks for itself,” Saints chief executive Mark Darbon said.
— Northampton Saints (@SaintsRugby) December 12, 2017
“We thank Jim for all he has done at Franklin’s Gardens.
“We will now begin an extensive search to find a world-class director of rugby to replace Jim.
“While that search is under way, we will look to bolster our existing coaching group with some additional leadership and experience on a short-term basis for this season.”
Wow! @SaintsRugby have sacked Jim Mallinder. Something hasn’t been right there for a while, will be interesting to see who they’ll look to take over!
— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) December 12, 2017
And club chairman John White added: “Jim has been an outstanding director of rugby. We have been very lucky to have him at Franklin’s Gardens, and he will always be a part of the Saints family.
“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, but the board and major shareholders felt that the time was right for some change.”