FORMER Worcester Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond is reportedly being targeted by United Rugby Championship side Edinburgh to become head coach. 

55-year-old Diamond is on the club’s shortlist alongside former Wasps boss Lee Blackett, currently with Scarlets, to take over from Mike Blair, who is to step down at the end of the current campaign. 

Diamond departed Worcester following the financial collapse at the rugby club but was one of four bids that tried to buy the club out of administration as part of a consortium. 

The ex-Sale Sharks player and DoR has been open in his attempts to buy Worcester Warriors and said in an interview that he had passed the 'Fit and Proper' directors test with the RFU (Rugby Football Union). 

Jim O'Toole and James Sandford were the successful bid to purchase the club (still subject to official confirmation) with administrators Begbies Traynor. But the pair, who front the Atlas consortium, had their application to join the Championship (England's second-tier) rejected by the RFU.

Supporters were vocal in their preference to see Diamond return one day to Worcester, but that now looks unlikely if he does take the job up north. 

 Edinburgh currently sit 12th in the URC, five places off the bottom of the table.