Brian Noble: Sacking was a bit of a surprise

Departing Salford Red Devils coach Brian Noble has described being replaced by Iestyn Harris as ‘a bit of a surprise’.

On Friday, Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Kouykash announced via Twitter that he was replacing the former Great Britain coach with Harris, who was one of Shaun Wane’s assistants at Wigan.

Speaking to the BBC, the 53-year-old said: “After the great win on Thursday night at Hull, it was a bit of a surprise to say the least.

Where did it all go wrong? Koukash lost patience with Noble, despite only playing eight competitive games. ©RLPhotos
Where did it all go wrong? Koukash lost patience with Noble, despite only being in charge for eight competitive games. ©RLPhotos

“I met Marwan on Friday morning and he was very keen to go in a different direction on the coaching front. That’s, in a nutshell, where we’re at. There has been a job offer as a director of football and the intricacies of that have not been discussed in detail.

“Iestyn is taking over [on Monday] in relation to the coaching aspects of the club and I wish him absolutely every success. I think this team is really ready to take off and do things. Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Do I understand some of it? Maybe not. But that’s a good group of players and it just takes time sometimes to gel people.

“I know intimately what’s gone on and I know intimately where the team is. I absolutely have the complete faith in that team that they will go on and do things.”

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