Noble seeks legal advice

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7th April 2014

Brian Noble is taking legal advice after being removed from his position of head coach of Salford Red Devils.

The former Great Britain boss has been offered the chance to "move upstairs" into the role of director of rugby to make way for the appointment of Iestyn Harris as his successor at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Harris, the Wales head coach who vacated his post as Wigan Wariors assistant last week, will start his new job on Monday, preparing his new team to face his old club Bradford Bulls in his first match on Friday.

Noble has yet to announce his intentions but, in an interview on BBC television, he made clear his unhappiness over the move by Salford owner Marwan Koukash.

"I met Marwan on Friday morning and he was very keen to go in a different direction on the coaching front," Noble said. "That's where we are at at the moment.

"There has been an offer of a director of football but it's not been discussed in detail. There are a lot of unanswered questions but, after the great win on Thursday night at Hull, it was a bit of a surprise to say the least.

"We all have to take legal advice in these situations and, with that in mind, it's difficult to talk about it."

Koukash made his announcement just 24 hours after the Red Devils pulled off a 37-36 win over Hull FC to reach the last 16 of the Tetley's Challenge Cup but had clearly made his mind up in the aftermath of their 30-8 Super League defeat to their same opponents a week earlier.

That result left Salford out of the top eight but Noble, who succeeded Australian Phil Veivers 12 months ago, believes the team are perfectly positioned to deliver the success demanded by their no-nonsense owner.

"I wish Iestyn every success," Noble added. "I think this team is ready to take off. We're two points off the top five and we're in the Challenge Cup.

"I felt Thursday night's fabulous win was probably the tipping point in relation to our growing process and getting to know each other. We've got good players back on deck and I was never more confident that this team is kicking on."