Northampton Saints will consider a short-term replacement for the sacked director of rugby Jim Mallinder in order to see them through to the end of the season before making a long-term appointment, opening the door to a Premiership return for Mike Ford.
Ford, the former Saracens and Bath head coach, who also spent five years as England defense coach under Brian Ashton and Martin Johnson, has agreed to take charge of USA club Dallas Griffins, who will be one of the nine teams that form Major League Rugby across the Atlantic.
Mallinder was sacked on Tuesday following Northampton’s heavy 43-32 defeat by Ospreys on Saturday. While the gap in the scores was not exactly ‘heavy’, the fact that Saints trailed 43-8 after an hour and attracted little more than 8,000 fans to their 15,000-seat stadium in what was their eighth consecutive defeat in the Premiership and Europe proved enough to convince chief executive Mark Darbon.
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