Marshall issues Halifax statement

Former Halifax coach Richard Marshall has issued a statement, following his shock sacking by the club last night, which reveals that he would like to find a new role in Rugby League.

Here is his statement in full.

“It is with regret that my time at Halifax has come to an end. Both parties agree that it is time to part ways.

I have enjoyed all the challenges and successes of the last four seasons and leave a legacy that includes three top-four finishes and consistently overachieving with a team of highly committed part-time players.

I am proud of my role in developing local talent by introducing an academy and a successful reserve grade team. Both have produced countless numbers of elite players who have gone on to play first team rugby. Currently twelve of the first team squad have come through our system with a further five also playing at International level. This is something I’m immensely proud of.

I would like to thank everybody associated with the club. I have received the most amazing support from all involved, including staff, sponsors and loyal fans, but particularly I would like to thank the players who have wholeheartedly supported me and my vision for the club.

I wish the club every success for the future and now look forward positively to my next role in professional rugby.”

Christian Lister, Halifax RLFC director, said “On behalf of the entire Halifax team, I know how proud we are to have had Richard at the club and we wish him every success in his future. I am sure we will see Richard again and we will have the opportunity to welcome him, as a legend.”

Simon Grix will be taking charge of the team for Sunday’s game against Sheffield Eagles with the assistance of Scott Murrell.