Brian Noble: Salford City Reds appoint new head coach

 

Super League strugglers Salford City Reds have named former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain supremo Brian Noble as their new head coach.

Phil Veivers was dismissed on 3 March after Salford lost four of their first five league matches in 2013.

The Reds confirmed Noble's appointment prior to Saturday's defeat by Hull FC.

The 52-year-old has not held a coaching position since leaving Crusaders at the end of the 2010 season and has been working as a pundit for BBC Sport.

Ambitious owner Dr Marwan Koukash has outlined his vision to make Salford one of the biggest clubs in Super League and, in an effort to make his dreams a reality, has appointed one of the most experienced and decorated coaches in the domestic game.

Koukash told BBC Radio Manchester: "He ticks all the right boxes.

"He's somebody who really believes in my vision - a vision that we could achieve. We both know what that vision is, we both know how to realise that vision and we won't let anything stand in our way.

Dr Marwan Koukash

I am after the best coach I can get my hands on. Brian fits that bill. I would be honoured if we could work something out and Brian could become our coach

Dr Marwan Koukash Salford City Reds owner, speaking on 20 March

"I've been speaking to the fans over the last six weeks and there's been a lot of support for Brian to come in. I'm delighted that we've finally achieved what we wanted."

Koukash added that he expects to spend the full salary cap next season and that the club are planning to make at least 10 new signings ahead of the 2014 campaign.

After a successful playing career during which he captained Great Britain, Noble moved into coaching with Bradford and led the Bulls to three Grand Final victories (2001, 2003 and 2005), three World Club Championships (2002, 2004 and 2006) and one Challenge Cup (2003).

A move to Wigan followed in 2006 but he was unable to win any silverware in his four seasons with the Warriors, while he took Crusaders into the Super League play-offs in his only season with the Welsh outfit.

Head of youth development Alan Hunte had been in caretaker charge of the first team and had hoped to take the role on a permanent basis, while Australia coach Tim Sheens and ex-Sydney Roosters chief Brian Smith were also on Salford's list of possible replacements for Veivers - Noble's former assistant at Bradford and Wigan.

The Reds, who were in serious financial peril and on the verge of administration before Koukash completed his takeover at the end of January, have struggled in the first two months of the campaign, winning just twice in their opening 12 Super League fixtures.