Jim Mallinder's sacking by Northampton has sparked a global search for a “world-class” replacement.
Former Bath boss Mike Ford is the early frontrunner, though ex-All Blacks coach Wayne Smith would be a hugely popular choice to return to the job he held in the early noughties.
After a decade in charge the end came suddenly for Mallinder, the Premiership’s longest-serving director of rugby.
The sight of Saints losing for the ninth time in 10 games and being abandoned by their fans - with only 8,000 showing up for Saturday’s European Cup clash with Ospreys - proved too much for club chiefs.
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