Sal­ford look for lift off

Halifax Courier - - Courier Sport -

SAL­FORD hope the con­fir­ma­tion of Shaun McRae’s de­par­ture from the club can help sta­bilise their tur­bu­lent sea­son, start­ing with the En­gage Su­per League clash against Har­lequins this evening.

McRae, who has been on sick leave for the last two months, last week con­firmed he would not seek a re­newal of his con­tract at the end of the sea­son and the Reds have an­nounced they have agreed to part com­pany with the 51year-old Aus­tralian with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

With as­sis­tant coach Mal­colm Alker also on sick leave and in dis­pute with the club, Sal­ford look to be an or­gan­i­sa­tion in cri­sis and the off-field drama has clearly af­fected play­ing per­for­mances.

The Reds have won just one of their last five matches to slip to 12th in the ta­ble and con­ceded 112 points in their two Easter fix­tures against War­ring­ton and Hud­der­s­field.

Now much of the un­cer­tainty off the field has been cleared up, foot­ball di­rec­tor Steve Simms be­lieves it can help the play­ers con­cen­trate on get­ting their per­for­mances right.

“It’s not ideal at this stage of the sea­son not to have a head coach,” he said.

“Hope­fully it gives us some sta­bil­ity, hav­ing some­one in charge the play­ers can re­late to.”

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