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Super League: Marwan Koukash pondering changes to Salford Red Devils' backroom staff

Last Updated: 31/03/14 11:04pm

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Marwan Koukash: Salford chairman ready to ring changes to backroom staff

Marwan Koukash: Salford chairman ready to ring changes to backroom staff

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Salford chairman Marwan Koukash is ready to ring the changes to his backroom staff following the club's disappointing start to their Super League campaign.

The Red Devils have lost four of their seven matches so far and sit down in ninth place in the table.

Coach Brian Noble's job is thought to be safe, but Koukash has confirmed that Iestyn Harris and Shane Flanagan are potential additions to the coaching team.

"I did not come into the sport to see us beaten 30-8, especially after beating Castleford the previous week."
Marwan Koukash

Former Wales head coach Harris, 37, worked with Noble at Crusaders and is currently assistant to Shaun Wane at Wigan.

Australian Flanagan, 48, was appointed as head coach of Cronulla in 2010 but is currently suspended following an investigation into the club's supplements programme during the 2011 NRL season.

'Not acceptable'

"I am looking at strengthening Brian's hands by adding to the coaching staff," said Koukash, who is also considering changes to the playing personnel following Friday's 30-8 Super League defeat at Hull.

"I did not come into the sport to see us beaten 30-8, especially after beating Castleford the previous week.

"We have taken one step forward and two steps back and that is not acceptable.

"If anybody is not performing or not trying, there is no place in the team for them.

"It's a strong possibility that Flanagan could be joining us on a consultancy basis to help us out. His manager is a good friend of mine and he knows how to build structures.

"We need to be developing our own players and he is the ideal person to advise us on this."

In the short term, Koukash is hoping for a big improvement from his side when they return to Hull on Thursday night for a Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie.

"It's the biggest game of the season so far and there will be a number of players who have not done themselves justice who will have the chance to put it right," he said.

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