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Devils turn to Harris

Iestyn Harris is set to take over from Brian Noble as the new head coach of Salford Red Devils, owner Marwan Koukash has announced.

Noble's 12-month tenure will officially come to an end on Monday, although he will be offered the chance to stay on as football director.

"Iestyn Harris will become the head coach as from Monday," Koukash tweeted on Friday night.

Harris, the Wales head coach, was not at Dewsbury on Friday night for Wigan's Challenge Cup tie which appeared to confirm he has already left his role as assistant to Warriors boss Shaun Wane.

Koukash revealed earlier this week that he was looking to reshuffle Salford's backroom staff and confirmed that Harris and Australian Shane Flanagan were under consideration.

It is thought former Castleford and Hull assistant Andy Hay would retain his role at the AJ Bell Stadium, along with former St Helens scrum-half Sean Long, who recently returned to the club as a part-time coaching consultant.

It is not known whether Noble will agree to move "upstairs". The former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain boss succeeded Phil Veivers at Barton just 12 months ago and, with Koukash, virtually rebuilt the playing squad.

Koukash told Sky Sports News: "We have had seven games so far and we have not been doing very well.

"The bigger pictures is that this is not all about developing a team. It's about developing a club. I need Brian in a bigger position to oversee development of rugby in the club, which will also include the development of the academy.

"So I've asked Brian to look after that position - he will do a fantastic job there.

"That left the position of head coach vacant. I looked around and I talked to a few people. The person that impressed me the most is Mr Harris.

"He coached under Brian. He comes in from a very successful club with a great culture."

Asked what would constitute success for Harris this season, Koukash added: "Top eight, but with the squad we have I am very confident we will get top six."