Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble has been confirmed as the new head coach of Salford City Reds.
The 52-year-old former Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls boss, who has been out of club coaching since leaving Crusaders RL at the end of 2010, takes over from Phil Veivers who was sacked after losing 38-4 to London Broncos last month, a result that left the City Reds bottom of Super League.
The announcement was made by new owner Marwan Koukash before today's home game against Hull FC and Noble will take charge for the first time in next Sunday's Challenge Cup tie against the University of Gloucestershire.
Alan Hunte backed the appointment of Noble, who will officially be unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday, after ending his spell in caretaker charge with a 24-18 defeat.
Hunte will now go back to his job as Reds youth boss.
"I've known Brian was a strong contender from day one and my role has not changed," said Hunte.
"Brian is a great choice and his pedigree speaks for itself.
"He has coached two top Super League clubs and took Crusaders further than anyone imagined.
"He's a good bloke too and we are all looking forward to the challenge ahead. I'm looking forward to working with a world-class coach."
Noble, who watched the match from the stands, is understood to have agreed an 18-month rolling contract.
Koukash revealed: "I have already spoken to Brian about bringing in 10 to 15 new players to take us to the next level."