Salford look for lift off
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.”