Koukash takes more hands-on role with Salford

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has revealed he is taking a more hands-on role with the club – taking up the chief executive role for 2016.

Koukash will replace Martin Vickers, but stressed that he will not be “getting rid” of Vickers as he looks to restructure the Red Devils as he enters his fourth year in charge of the club.

“I’m going to be the new CEO; I’m not getting rid of Martin Vickers but I’m starting to enjoy my day-to-day involvement with the club, which is something I haven’t done before. I just need to restructure the club off the field with my direct input,” he said.

Koukash described the decision further to Radio Manchester, adding that he’s now learned a lot more about the involvement of running a rugby club.

“I’ve been involved in the club for the last three years and I really didn’t take direct control of what goes on,” he told BBC Radio Manchester.

“It is a business I have now learnt a lot about and I want to try and put my business and commercial skills into action here and be involved in the day-to-day running of the club.

“In terms of rugby, I assure everybody out there, I have no involvement in the boss (director of rugby Tim Sheens) as I call him, as he is the one who will make all of the decisions.”