Sir Alex Ferguson giving Sale Sharks boss Mark Diamond winning formula for Premiership run-in
Aug. 06, 2020
SALE SHARKS will look to win the Premiership the Fergie way.
That's because Sharks boss Steve Diamond has been tapping up Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson for their run-in, which starts a week today.
The pair have swapped coaching ideas after being introduced through Sharks co-owner Ged Mason - who has a number of race horses with Fergie.
Diamond explained: "Through my little bit of knowledge from socialising occasionally with Ged Mason and Alex Ferguson - he drilled into me how he used to run his squads.
"His squads were 22 + two - two XIs, plus two spares. I run 2 XVs, plus two spares. I try to work on the same mentality. Highest quality you can get. The common goal is to try and be successful.
"The relationship is a basic friendship around horse racing through Ged. And when you’re in the company of people like that I don’t ask too many questions because I know how to behave.
"It's just reading his books and following his career and just asking the odd question. I’m not on the telephone every day by any stretch of the imagination, it’s once or twice a year I get the opportunity.
"When people like him speak, you tend to listen. It’s one of those occasions where you have two ears and one month - you listen more than you speak, and try and glean some information and knowledge."
Sale aren't quite the noisy neighbours in the north west like Man City.
But they will make themselves a little more known again in the football hot-bed by winning the Premiership again for the first time in 14 years.
Time to stop talking and do the action Sharks boss Steve Diamond
Bullish Diamond continued: "I think it’s time to stop the talk and do the action really.
"For that we need to be a top four side on a regular basis. It's difficult to win it. Look at football. For donkeys’ years it was Arsenal and Man Utd, then it became Chelsea and Man Utd, then it’s become Man City and Liverpool.
"To break into the top two is difficult. But I think we’ve got enough around us now to do that."
But it's not just Man United that Sale have close links with.
They have just moved into Man City's old training ground at Carrington to help them with their title push.
And Diamond said: "We've six undersoil heated pitches, it's a fantastic facility, second to none in rugby I reckon.
"I would say it's in the top five training grounds in the world - because we’re piggy backing on the back of football and they always do things to the best, certainly facility wise."
On the pitch things are coming together with Diamond forming one of the most-feared squads in the Prem - packed with England stars and World Cup winners.
Diamond added: "Team wise - I think we’re getting there.
"I think our collaboration with Lood de Jager, Manu Tuilagi coming - combine that with the Curry lads, Sam James, Denny Solomona, we have got the ability to have a good hybrid side that can play during the international period.
"Because that’s the skill of this. Having a good side while the internationals are on. Manu and Tom Curry we’ll probably only have 50 per cent of the domestic season next year.
"So you’ve got t get the most out of them in that, which I intend to do. Then during the international break, lads have got to step up to the plate and deliver and win 60 to 70 per cent of those games, to be a top four side."
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