Richard Marshall set for Halifax exit

Richard Marshall is set to leave Halifax, TotalRL understands.

The long-serving Fax coach was informed on Friday his contract will not be renewed beyond the end of the season and as a result will leave the club in the coming days once a severance deal has been completed.

He will not be in charge for the club’s game against Sheffield Eagles on Sunday, with the club’s playing group informed on Friday evening that player-coach Simon Grix will be placed in temporary charge.

Marshall is off-contract at the end of the season and Fax officials informed him they did not intend to extend his contract once it expires at the end of the year. As a result, the two parties have agreed to part ways and will finalise a package next week.

A former Fax player, Marshall joined the club as coach ahead of the 2015 season and guided them to three top-four finishes in his four full seasons with the club, establishing himself as one of the best young coaches in the British game, which resulted in him being linked with several Super League roles.

The part-timers have found the going tough during the early stages of this season and currently find themselves eighth in the Championship, four points adrift of the play-offs.

Marshall will widely be remembered at Fax for his influence in the development of their reserve grade side, along with their unlikely success in the Championship. The club’s reserve grade has produced a number of homegrown players for the club who regularly play for the club’s first-grade side now. The likes of Brandon Moore, Chester Butler and Elliot Morris have been among the reserve grade’s success stories.

Marshall was one of the longest-serving coaches in the British game, currently in his fifth year at the West Yorkshire club.