Dr Marwan Koukash ‘honoured’ if Brian Noble took charge of Salford City Reds as St Helens lay in wait

By Mark Shales

Former Great Britain head coach Brian Noble could soon be unveiled at Salford City Reds, after owner Dr Marwan Koukash admitted he would be ‘honoured’ to have him at the club. 

Experienced NRL coach Brian Smith has also been heavily linked with the job since ex-boss Phil Veivers was sacked earlier this month.

Bu although Salford Chief Executive Ed Farish declined to discuss specific terms ahead of Friday’s trip to St Helens, Dr Koukash seemed to give Noble his backing.

“This club, if managed properly over the next four years, could become the biggest club in the country,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.

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

Noble won three Super League Grand Finals and World Club Challenge titles with the Bradford Bulls but has not held a full-time coaching role since leaving Crusaders in 2010.

The 52-year-old also spent three years in charge of Wigan Warriors and believes the Reds need a spark to get them going.

“Salford are the nearly team, really,” he said. “They need a vision and with that vision success is achievable.

“They’ve always been the nearly men but when you look at the city of Salford and Manchester, it’s massively important to the game that we’re strong there.”

The Reds travel to Langtree Park on Friday evening attempting to claim their second win of the season having conceded 265 points so far this season – 50 more than any other side.

And despite Saints putting 52 past Wakefield last weekend the Reds’ interim coach Alan Hunte insisted the club needs to be given time.

“The plight of the club was never going to be fixed in four to six weeks,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“We will get better and I’m hoping we’ll get better sooner rather than later.

“I’m not worried about the results but I am worried about performances because that’s how we move forward and that’s how you develop them as players and people.”

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