News: Mallinder signs new contract with the Saints
May 17 2012
Northampton Saints today announced that director of rugby Jim Mallinder has signed a new contract with the club, which will extend his tenure at Franklin’s Gardens until at least 2015.
In just five short years Mallinder has taken the Saints from the pain of relegation to being considered one of the top clubs in Aviva Premiership Rugby and in the Heineken Cup.
Indeed the club has not enjoyed such consistent levels of success – four trophies; five finals in five years, including the 2011 Heineken Cup final; and three successive Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-finals – since the 1950s and 60s.
Individuals have also flourished under the Yorkshireman’s guidance, with a modern-day record of eight players chosen in England’s 2012 Six Nations Elite Player Squad and no fewer than six England regulars having made their international debut since joining the club.
Mallinder has also rejuvenated the Saints Academy, appointing Dusty Hare to manage a production line which is now providing the first team squad with a steady stream of exciting young and talented players.
Already Aviva Premiership Rugby’s longest-serving current director of rugby, by the end of his new contract Mallinder will have been in charge of the team at Franklin’s Gardens for eight years, stability which chairman Leon Barwell says is vitally important for the continued growth and development of the club.
“Jim signing his new contract is terrific news for the club and underpins our aspirations for the future,” he said. “As we see so often in sports across the world having continuity of management is crucial in a club’s long-term success, and this is exactly what Jim brings to the Saints.
“You cannot overstate how important he has been to the rejuvenation of the team, which then has a massive part to play in everything else we do at the club. He is a first class coach, one of the best in England, and a terrific guy to have at the club.
“Like everyone at Franklin’s Gardens I am delighted that Jim has extended his commitment to the club until at least 2015, and I’m sure that Saints supporters everywhere are looking forward to the team continue to flourish under his leadership.”
Mallinder said that signing his contract extension had been a straightforward decision for him.
“I’m very happy at Northampton Saints,” he said. “We also have a talented group of coaches and support staff which is among the best in the league. We all want the club to improve year on year and are committed to working together to achieve that.
“We have come a long way in a short period of time, but I know that there is more to come in the future. We have won silverware and played in some massive occasions, and this is where I know we can compete year in, year out, and regularly bring major trophies to the club.
“The fact that my family is settled and happy in the area also played a major part in my decision to sign again. We all feel very at home in the Northampton area and feel a part of the community here.
“I’m proud to be director of rugby of the Saints, which has a great history and fantastic supporters, and I’m looking forward to bringing more success to the club in the future.”
I am wondering if this announcement was required to bring in new players. Most players come to clubs on a basis of structure and stability.
Who would sign for a club knowing that the coach who signed you could be off in the next 12 months...not a lot of faith in that deal.
Now he has publically told the world he is here to stay for the next 3 years that is a template to sign players and give confidence that if the player wants to develop under Mallinder, he isn't going anywhere.
As much as we might not have won the big AP prize yet, I'd rather be in our position that some other clubs.
We are consistantly reaching finals (which alone breeds opportunities) and not a lot of clubs can say they reach finals regularily! Ok some clubs can say they did and went further...but thats doesn't always count for attracting new and resigning players.
If you want to look at the culture of a club look at the resignings, they are the ones that show you how good a club is and how much they enjoy playing for the coach. Wislon and Downey wanted to go home for various reasons but none were because of the Saints or anyone there. Ashton appears to have been mis-guided and only time will tell if he really had his heart in the move or was it just because he could through the ball around with his best mate...thats if he gets the ball.
I wouldn't expect the signings to be something that comes with bells and whistles, thats not Mallinder's style...he may sign a big player but it will be the right one. MOstly Mallinder has signed players with promise and players that fit the mould.
Before we signed Pisi, no one had heard of him and in less than a season he became a revelation...It's about finding them little gems out there that can be plucked and slotted into the style that Saints want to play.
choppa Of course, that may put off any players that actually want to win something.
Here we go again. Perhaps Choppa and those with this point of view would care to read the announcement again and make a note of the things that Saints have won under Mallinder and compare it to the years before he came.
Then they will say well what about the "big ones" echoing my favourite pundits. Well I regard some of what we have won as pretty big. But if you mean the league and the HC perhaps you would like to tell us how many different clubs have won the league since Saints were back in the prem. Then perhaps you would like to tell us how many premiership clubs have won the HC since Saints have been back in contention under Mallinder.
Three semis in one and a final in the other can be improved on. I hope we do. But its none too shabby a record when compared to the competition. Is focussing on what has been achieved rather than what hasn't too radical for you.
Whatever your opinion on new signings in the forwards, I think it's an enormous credit to Roger Wilson that people seem to think we need to sign Liam Messam or Pierre Spies to replace him! That he remained so under the media radar during his time here just serves to reinforce my opinion that there is a media conspiracy against our club
I for one am really looking forward to young GJ Van Velze showing us his stuff, looks like a really exciting prospect. I also get the sense that Samu Manoa may see his future more in the back row rather than the 2nd after some sterling performances in that role this season.
So we now have a Jim's sizeable extention along with Keith's magnificent erection.
1.A person who approves of and encourages someone or something (typically a public figure, a movement or party, or a policy).
2.A person who is actively interested in and wishes success for a particular sports team.
Getting concerned at the lack of signings even rumours. The club are good at keeping things hush hush but I think we need something to grab hold of. Then again if we have SH players coming they won't get a pre-season and are announced closer to their end season.
Good contract for jim, a club with support, a trophyless second season, full salary cap and money to play with and a long deal. Considering England ended their interst, he was surely never going to go anywhere anyway. Personally, I think he has a point to prove and needs to win something so I am a bit curious about the length of the deal. Don't get me wrong I like jim he has done so well for us and will continue to do so it's just a bit underwhelming......
Interesting that you use the less well-known Norwegian form of the word. Myself, I prefer the rather more succinct Swedish Śrs, or even the rather eclectic Faeroese version śrse. Still, each to his own.
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