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Brian Noble aims to leave ‘legacy’ at Salford City Reds

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Brian Noble aims to leave a lasting legacy at Salford City Reds after taking over as head coach at the club.

The former Great Britain chief was long touted as the man to replace Phil Veivers, after he was sacked in March following a poor start to the season.

And, whilst the Reds are still bottom of the table, Noble is confident that the club can become a major force with the help of owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s sizable resources.

"I'm a big believer in dreams and the dream that Marwan painted to me when I met him for the first time coincided with mine. The scale of this place is immeasurable. That should drive you and the players. Everyone involved can latch onto that,” he told the BBC.

"In the short term and medium term, you've got to do the hard work to get there, but I have no doubts what this club is capable of. If you know where you're going and you have the support of the whole club - particularly the owner - generally down the track, good things happen."

Noble was realistic about the task at hand however, and admitted that there is lots of hard work ahead before the team can seriously challenge for Super League honours. 

"We can spend as much we like on players, but if we don't have the right structures and facilities in place, we're not doing the right thing,” he added.

"Marwan and certainly I would like to leave some sort of legacy here."

The ex-Bradford Bulls, Wigan Warriors and Crusaders chief also sent out a warning to potential ‘mercenaries’, insisting the Salford City Stadium will be no place for players looking to cash-in on the owners’ willingness to spend in pursuit of success.

"First and foremost, the criteria has to be that you want to be at Salford. You have to want to play here. It's no good pulling in a load of mercenaries. It just doesn't work. If you can pass that golden rule, then you've a chance,” Noble concluded.

The 52-year-old is set to take charge of his first game as Reds coach this weekend, when Salford travel to face Gloucestershire All Gods in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.

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