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Salford are expecting Brian Noble to make a decision on his future by Friday

Last Updated: 09/04/14 3:03pm

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Brian Noble (left) has been offered a new post at Salford by owner Marwan Koukash (right)

Brian Noble (left) has been offered a new post at Salford by owner Marwan Koukash (right)

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Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash says Brian Noble needs to decide this week whether he wants to become director of football at the Super League club.

Noble had been head coach at Salford but has now been offered a different post after being replaced by Iestyn Harris.

And Noble has yet to decide whether to accept the new position, which Salford say represents a promotion.

Koukash told a Wednesday press conference at the AJ Bell Stadium that he expected an answer from his former coach by 5pm on Friday.

"I want to make it clear that Brian has not been sacked," said Koukash. "He's been moved from one part of the organisation to another.

"There are some challenges ahead which I'm looking forward to. The players have been really responsive to some of my philosophies and visions and they've trained exceptionally hard."
Iestyn Harris

"It's a genuine offer and it's up to Brian whether he wants to accept the job.

"But I can't wait forever. I'm going to wait until 5pm on Friday, because there

are other candidates I want to speak to.

"I will bring somebody else in to help us build a club."

Koukash claims he has already identified one of the "biggest names in rugby league" for the job if Noble rejects his offer, with speculation suggesting it is Australia national coach Tim Sheens.

"The person is currently in a high-profile job," said Koukash.

"There is a particular candidate I'm waiting to speak to who is possibly one of the biggest names in the rugby league world."

Harris left his job as Wigan assistant last Friday, having been given a contract by Salford which runs until the end of 2016.

"I'm obviously really excited about the opportunity to be here at Salford," said Harris, who began work on Monday.

Challenges

"There are some challenges ahead which I'm looking forward to. The players have been really responsive to some of my philosophies and visions and they've trained exceptionally hard."

Salford chief executive Martin Vickers has announced that the rest of the coaching set-up at the club will remain unchanged and that Sean Long will join on a full-time basis, having been working on a part-time consultancy basis previously.

Australian Shane Flanagan is expected to arrive at Salford next week and take up a three-month consultancy role, and Vickers added that the Red Devils are hoping to create a partnership with Flanagan's NRL side Cronulla.

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