Super League: Iestyn Harris has taken over as head coach of Salford Red Devils
Last Updated: 07/04/14 12:48pm
Iestyn Harris: Confirmed as head coach of Salford
Iestyn Harris has taken charge of Salford after chief executive Martin Vickers confirmed his appointment as head coach.
The 37-year-old Wales coach succeeds Brian Noble, who had been in the job just short of 12 months, and will be officially unveiled at a press conference at the AJ Bell Stadium on Wednesday.
"Iestyn started work in earnest this morning," said Vickers. "Along with (chairman) Marwan Koukash, he addressed the whole squad before the start of training."
Vickers said Noble has yet to give his response to an offer to move 'upstairs' into the role of director of football.
The former Bradford, Wigan, Crusaders and Great Britain coach, who took over from Australian Phil Veivers last April, said at the weekend he was taking legal advice after being 'taken by surprise' at the latest development.
"Brian has been offered promotion to the director of football role and he is still considering that option," Vickers said. "We hope he takes it up."
Vickers also confirmed that Noble's assistant coaches Andy Hay and Stuart Donlan are still part of the Salford backroom team and that talks are under way with Sean Long to make his role permanent after he recently rejoined the club on a part-time consultancy basis.
"We are close to finalising a deal to keep Sean Long at the club on an extended arrangement," he said.
"Having invested heavily into the playing squad and the infrastructure of the club, Marwan is now investing further into the coaching staff to ensure that his initial investment pays off."