Noble encouraged Koukash bid


13th March 2014

Salford Red Devils' former Bradford coach Brian Noble urged Mandy Koukash to make a bid to buy the Bulls, the former Great Britain boss has revealed.

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash confirmed that his wife met today's deadline for offers set by the administrators running Bradford.

A decision on the Yorkshire club's ownership is expected next week and Noble, who coached Bradford to five consecutive Grand Finals up to 2005, is hoping the Koukash family will be able to add two First Utility Super League clubs to their string of successful racehorses.

"I've given them a feel for the club and how massive a club Bradford can be if it is run properly," Noble said. "I have suggested that, should Mandy want to go into the Bulls, then it would be as exciting a prospect as Salford now.

"I hope she gets it. If she can bring the same enthusiasm and energy to Bradford that has been brought here, then happy days."

Although Mandy Koukash would have to satisfy the Rugby Football League's fit and proper persons test, there is nothing in the rules to prevent a husband and wife owning different clubs.

There is already a similar situation in Super League, with Gary Hetherington holding the role of chief executive of Leeds Rhinos while his wife Kathy, a former Hull FC chairperson and major shareholder, is currently acting as consultant chief executive at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Noble added: "The precedent has been set so there can't be any objections. I think the administrators and the Rugby Football League need to make a good decision.

"I don't want to cause a family rift between husband and wife but it would be an interesting fight. It would be awesome; I'd love to see that played out publicly."

Noble, now in his second season in charge of Salford, is the most successful coach in the history of Super League courtesy of his spell with the Bulls and, as a freeman of the city, would love his former club to reclaim their former glory, although not at the expense of his current club.

"My focus is absolutely on the Devils and that won't change at all," he added. "But do I want Bradford to be successful? You're damn right. Do I want them to be the team that had 25,000 people watching them? Absolutely.

"First and foremost I'm a proud Bradfordian - I remember walking up to the club when I was 15 years old - and I really want them to be second-best behind Salford".