Former Wales captain Kingsley Jones is to quit his role as Sale Sharks director of rugby.
Jones will leave the Aviva Premiership club at the end of this month after almost seven years with them, initially as head coach and then rugby director.
During his time at Sale, the Sharks were crowned Premiership champions, won the European Challenge Cup and were Heineken Cup quarter-finalists.
Jones’ departure continues recent weeks of upheaval at Edgeley Park.
Head coach Mike Brewer was sacked two days before Christmas, former club captain Pete Anglesea was put in charge and then Sale began the year by confirming Steve Diamond’s return to the club as executive director of sport.
Jones said: “I have had a very fulfilling and rewarding time at the club, and it is now right for me to move on.
“While I have enjoyed my off-field role this season, my real passion lies with coaching. I will be looking to get back into a role with more hands-on coaching in the near future.
“I leave on very good terms with the club and would like to thank the owners Brian Kennedy and Ian Blackhurst for giving me such a great opportunity.”
Sale owner Brian Kennedy added: “Kingsley has been a wonderful servant to the club over the years.
“It is down to Kingsley and Philippe Saint-Andre that they took on a group of players and turned them into Premiership champions.
“We will always be grateful for the loyalty, passion, experience and skills that Kingsley brought to this club.
“However, we recognise and respect his desire to get back into coaching and realise that for him to do this effectively, then now is the best time to depart.”