Worcester’s new director of rugby, Steve Diamond, says he is confident he can field a ‘highly competitive team’ that will be ‘respected’ in the Gallagher Premiership.

The former Sale Sharks boss will succeed Alan Solomons, who retired from coaching in June, at the end of this season on a two-year contract.

Worcester, who also announced that head coach Jonathan Thomas had left Sixways with immediate effect, appointed Diamond to a rugby consultancy role two months ago.

And, while he will remain in that role for the remainder of this campaign, Diamond also immediately takes charge of Worcester’s rugby program.

Worcester are currently 12th in the Premiership, having won just three of their league games before hosting Northampton on Saturday.

“There are a lot of good people here, fantastic facilities and a lot of good players, and I think the previous management team did a good job,” Diamond said.

“I bring a different edge to what they had, if I’m being honest, a bit more abrasive in our approach.

“Taking nothing away from previous people who have done the job, I have a different view of how I think we should play, and I think we have the resources here to do that.

“I spent two months helping, advising, watching, listening – a helicopter view, call it what you want. I made recommendations and they were implemented.

“We certainly have the talent, just put all the ingredients in the pot. The ingredients are there – they just haven’t been used as well as they could have been.

Diamond took a year off after leaving Sale but was expected to return to England’s rugby top flight at some point.

Steve Diamond enjoyed consistent success while in charge of Sale (Mark Kerton/PA)

“I really enjoyed the free time and it gives you the opportunity to rethink what you want to do. Unfortunately for me, I can’t live without it,” he added.

“I’m going to be practical – I pulled out my 1985 trainers and put on my wet weather gear – and I’m confident that I’m putting together a highly competitive team that will be respected in the competition.

“What rugby players generally like is clarity, a basic platform, and then letting their skills, fun and enthusiasm take us to the next level. We are going to become very competitive and over the next two years it will be a good team that will beat us.

“I know the work in progress on the recruiting side. I’m busy over the next week or two talking to players who are available and will fit in, and most of them are English too.

“You have to have the right mix of people there and I think they’re close to that. I think it takes an addition of three or four more leaders to come in and the current group of leaders to expand their power within the group.

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Former Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas (David Davies/PA)

“Every dog ​​has a bite and that’s what Worcester will have for the next six months.”

Asked about Thomas’ departure, Diamond said: ‘I can’t really talk about it, if I’m being honest. It was a decision made by the board of directors.

“All I can say is that I have been given the reins, that I am moving forward, and hopefully I will continue the good work he has done.”

Diamond enjoyed success with Sale, winning Heineken Champions Cup qualification five times and winning the Premiership Rugby Cup.

And he met with the approval of Worcester co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, who said: “Having taken the time to work with Steve in his role as senior rugby consultant, it was the logical decision to offer him the role of director. rugby for the next two seasons.

“Steve is an experienced and proven director of rugby with the qualities to take the club to the next level and achieve our ambitions of competing at the top of the Premiership.”