New yorkshire Carnegie head coach Bryan Redpath says he was sold on the club because of their ‘clear vision’ to get back into the Premiership.
The 44-year-old former Gloucester and Sale Sharks coach takes over at Headingley on a two-year deal starting immediately.
He has a remit to get the club back into the Premiership within two years.
Carnegie have already installed a new board that will inject between £2m and £4m into the club before the end of the 2017 season. Part of that process is their integrated county-wide academy system.
But Redpath’s arrival gives the first team a greater sense of direction following a turbulent season in which two coaches – Gary Mercer and Tommy McGee – have come and gone.
Redpath, who left his position as head coach at Sale earlier this week, said: “I am excited about the massive opportunity and challenge we have here at Yorkshire Carnegie.
“There is a clear vision for what the club wants to do over the next few years and I want to be part of that project.
“The Championship is a hard division to get out of but this group of players has tremendous potential and the ability to ultimately get us back into the Premiership.
“To give ourselves the best chance of doing that next season we must finish in the top two, however, I am sure the players will also want to finish this season strongly.”
Executive president Sir Ian McGeechan – who took charge of Carnegie’s 15-8 win over Bedford last Sunday – said: “We are delighted to have secured a coach of the calibre of Bryan for Yorkshire Carnegie.
“He is someone I have known well for many years and I can see that the same drive and passion he had as a player has been carried through into his coaching career. Having coached at the highest level with Gloucester and Sale, he was the ideal candidate to help us achieve our goal next season of a top two finish and our long term goal of returning to the Premiership.”
Director of rugby Chris Gibson said: “Once Bryan became available, we were keen to bring him here. We have five games remaining this season and we want to finish as high as we possibly can in the final table; Bryan’s arrival will certainly give the team a lift.
“By coming in now, Bryan will be able to play a key part in shaping our plans for next season.”
Redpath’s first game in charge will be the trip to Plymouth Albion on Saturday week. Carnegie are eight points adrift of the top four.