Halifax have named Warrington Wolves’ assistant and England Academy boss Richard Marshall as their new coach for 2015.
Thirty-eight-year-old Marshall, a former front rower who began his Super League career as a player at the Shay in the mid-1990s, succeeds his former captain Karl Harrison, who left the club last month after three years in charge.
Marshall, who has spent six years at the Wolves as under 20s and first team coach, sealed a three year deal late on Thursday after emerging from a high quality field with applicants from Australia as well as the UK.
“Richard was very impressive at interview and he’s got a fantastic background,” said Fax director Ian Croad.
“As a club, we needed to raise the bar in all areas before next year’s league restructure and Richard will help us do that on the football side of the business.
“He is very, very professional in everything he does; he’s done six years at one of the biggest clubs in the game under Tony Smith and he’s coached some of the best players in the world.
“For us, I have absolutely no doubt he is the right appointment.”
Marshall is expected to appoint his own assistant coach and conditioner – Fax’s current trainer Nigel Halmshaw is emigrating to Australia – but Croad said there would also be roles in the new set up for captain Scott Murrell, who took charge after Harrison’s exit, and and other members of the current coaching staff.
And Croad made it clear that Marshall’s brief was not just to succeed, but to succeed with the kind of free-flowing style the Wolves have become known for.
“Richard wants us to be more open and fluent in the way we attack and that’s what we want and that’s what our fans want,” said Croad.
“He’s not been tasked with taking us to Super League, he’s been tasked with improving our style of play and improving our players as individuals.
“Beyond that, the goal is to get into that ‘middle eight’ when the Championship and Super League merge mid-season. It’s going to be difficult, against at least three full time teams, but it’s not unrealistic.”