Noble and Koukash want to strengthen Salford coaching staff

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has confirmed the club are interested in strengthening Brian Noble’s coaching team, and are looking to sign both Iestyn Harris and Shane Flanagan.

Harris is assistant coach to Shaun Wane at Super League rivals Wigan and is out of contract this year, while Flanagan is at Cronulla Sharks in the NRL. Koukash wants Harris to perform a similar role with Salford, while he is earmarking Flanagan to help develop young talent.

“If we do decide to bring someone in then it will be done to simply strengthen Brian’s hand,” Koukash told the Manchester Evening News.

“Iestyn Harris name has cropped up – I also know Flanagan’s manager well. We have a lot of things to discuss. I feel Flanagan’s expertise in offering advice on how to bring our own quality players through the system would be very beneficial.

“He can help us put the right structures in place because I cannot keep spending all my money on signing top players. We also need to be developing our own players. He can certainly advise us on this.

“We have to sit down right now and look at the reasons why we are clearly not firing on all cylinders. I was very disappointed with the performance in the defeat at Hull on Friday. Something obviously needs doing.

“I will simply not tolerate a situation if I feel some of the players are not pulling their weight. If they are not doing this then they will be out of the door right away. I have made this quite clear. They know where they stand.

“If I also feel we need to replace these players who are not performing then we will also do just that. I have made my intentions perfectly clear and want success for Salford and the fans.”<h4>Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of <span style=”color: #ff0000;”><a href=”//;title=League+Express” target=”_blank”><span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>League Express newspaper</strong></span></a></span> and <span style=”color: #ff0000;”><a href=”//;title=Rugby+League+World” target=”_blank”><span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Rugby League World magazine</strong></span></a></span>. You can also <span style=”color: #ff0000;”><a href=”//” target=”_blank”><span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>connect with Total Rugby League on the social media platform of your choice</strong></span></a></span>.</h4>