Koukash focus turns to Australia


28th April 2014

Salford owner Marwan Koukash will step up his search for a new director of football with a renewed determination to transform the fortunes of the Red Devils after overcoming the disappointment of their exit from the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Koukash, the wealthy racehorse owner who has poured thousands of pounds into the First Utility Super League club, said he reached the "lowest point of my sporting life" in the immediate aftermath of Salford's 30-20 home defeat by Widnes Vikings.

He vented his frustration after the game by claiming on Twitter that he had "done all he could to bring success to Salford", but insisted on Monday that he would not stop trying.

"It was probably the lowest point of my sporting life after the game," Koukash told Press Association Sport. "If I didn't have the determination to succeed, I would have walked away yesterday.

"But I am so determined to make it work and no one is going to stop me. Nothing is going to hinder our progress. Mistakes made before will not be made again."

Koukash, who set his side the target of a top-six finish at the start of the season, sacked head coach Brian Noble after they won just three of their first seven matches and replaced him with Iestyn Harris.

Noble has rejected the offer of an alternative role of director of football and Koukash will now turn his attention to Australia to fill the post.

"I don't think Brian will be taking the role on," Koukash said. "I've seen a quick email and obviously he didn't report for work today."

Koukash is also looking to make at least one overseas signing and is planning to fly Down Under next month for face-to-face talks.

He accepts Harris is starting from scratch, but insists a top-eight finish is still possible and has not ruled out a push for Old Trafford.

"I am not going to give up on this year," he added. "If we are in the top eight, I will make sure we have the extra armour to go to war with."