Bryan Redpath has been removed from his post as director of rugby at Sale Sharks but has been offered the position of their backs coach, Press Association Sport understands.
Following reports that the Scot had lost his job on Monday, Sale - who are bottom of the Aviva Premiership having been defeated in all of their opening seven league fixtures this term - released a statement which said Redpath had not been dismissed by the club.
His role, at the very least, looks set to be redefined, though, with chief executive Steve Diamond understood to be taking over team affairs for Friday's home clash with London Irish, with input from John Mitchell, the former All Blacks coach who has been working as a consultant at Sale and is widely expected to be Redpath's permanent successor.
Redpath took over at Sale in June, signing a four-year deal, after leaving Gloucester.
The appointment of the 41-year-old former scrum-half, who played for the north west club between 2000 and 2005 and was capped 60 times by Scotland, was part of a radical overhaul of Sale over the summer as they left Stockport for the City of Salford Stadium.
Big-name signings including Danny Cipriani and Richie Gray followed, but the results have not, with only a single Heineken Cup victory over Cardiff Blues in the wins column.
Sale are currently eight points adrift at the foot of the Premiership table and speculation about Redpath's job has intensified after last Friday's 23-16 loss to Worcester.
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