Diamond uses Ferguson tips to take Sale to top
Steve Diamond is using the principles of the Manchester United dynasty built by Sir Alex Ferguson to help Sale Sharks break into the Gallagher Premiership elite.
Ged Mason, Sale’s co-owner, part-owns racehorse Give Me A Copper with Ferguson. Through that, Diamond has struck up a “basic friendship” with Ferguson.
“I’m not on the telephone every day,” said the Sale director of rugby. “When people like him talk, you tend to listen and try and glean some knowledge.”
Squad management is one area in which Ferguson has influenced Diamond. Sale operate with a small group of first-team players, and will aim to use 30 over their first four matches following the Premiership’s resumption next weekend.
However, recent recruits such as England centre Manu Tuilagi and South Africa lock Lood de Jager mean they can be hopeful of reachsevens ing the play-offs and challenging for a league title for the first time since 2006. “We’ve managed to get 32 players of a very high level,” Diamond said.
“From socialising occasionally with him and Ged Mason, Alex Ferguson drilled into me how he used to run his squads.
“They were 22 plus two – two XIs plus two spares. I run two XVs plus two spares. I try to work on the same mentality.”