Saints chief executive Allan Robson says his club possesses the best director of rugby in the Premiership, expressing his delight after Jim Mallinder committed to five more years at Franklin’s Gardens.
Mallinder has signed a new deal that will run until 2019, by which time he would have been in charge of Northampton for 12 years.
The 48-year-old steered Saints to a double this season, ensuring an Amlin Challenge Cup triumph was followed by a first Premiership title.
And Robson coudn’t be happier after tieing Mallinder to a lengthy new contract.
“The last seven years have been massively exciting for everyone associated with the Saints, and I’ve got no doubt that the next five will see us go from strength to strength,” said Robson.
“Jim has firmly established himself as the best director of rugby in the Aviva Premiership, not just in putting together one of the most exciting and talented first teams, but in how he has shaped the entire playing department to ensure that there is a legacy of success that will last for years to come.
“Professional sport demands immediate results and success, not least from the supporters in the stands.
“However, there also has to be a balance between focusing on the short-term and building a sustainable club.
“Jim has achieved this, reaching nine finals and winning more trophies than any of his predecessors, but he has put the pieces in place to also produce some of the most talented young players in the country through our Academy system and bring in world class quality, too.
“It is an exciting mix, and we are delighted that Jim is staying on as director of rugby.”