John Mitchell has left his position as head coach of Golden Lions, possibly paving the way for a move to Sale.
The 48-year-old has been
helping the Sharks on a consultancy basis.
Mitchell was suspended by the South African side but
returned to his position earlier this month
after being cleared of misconduct charges.
He will now take on the role of technical advisor with the Lions, which could allow him to take a permanent position with Sale.
Chief executive Steve Diamond told
BBC Radio Manchester
after last Friday's LV= Cup win against Saracens that he
hoped former New Zealand coach Mitchell would take on a full-time role
with the Sharks within "48 to 72 hours".
Sale have reshuffled their coaching staff in recent weeks following a disappointing start to the Premiership season.
Bryan Redpath began the campaign as director of rugby, but was
removed from that role
after the club made their worst ever start to a league season, losing their first seven matches.
The ex-Scotland scrum half is
now head coach,
with Diamond currently
overseeing first-team affairs.
The Sharks remain bottom of the table, although they were victorious in their last league outing
against London Irish on 2 November.
Sale face Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.