Probable candidates to replace Jim Mallinder at Northampton

Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton
Jim Mallinder has been sacked by Northampton

Following Northampton Saints' decision to sack director of rugby Jim Mallinder after a 10-year stint with the Aviva Premiership club, we take a look at five probable candidates, who could replace him.


The former England head coach is currently part of Leinster's coaching team. Lancaster resigned as national team boss in November 2015 following a miserable World Cup campaign when England failed to survive the pool stage.


Ex-Bath boss Ford also had a lengthy spell as England defence coach, in addition to heading up the coaching team at French heavyweights Toulon. He is currently coaching in the United States.


South Africa's 2007 World Cup-winning boss pretty much finds himself linked with every top job that becomes available. His pedigree is an outstanding one, and it would be no surprise if he featured prominently in Northampton's thoughts.


Would be a huge outsider, given Cockerill's long playing and coaching connection with Saints' fierce midlands rivals Leicester, but he could be just what they need to shake things up. The former England hooker is currently doing an impressive job at Edinburgh.


Like Lancaster, Robinson is an ex-England head coach. He led Bath to European Cup glory in 1998, has also coached Scotland and was latterly in charge at Bristol. He is also currently available.

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