Salford Reds have announced via the clubs website, the departure of head coach Ian Watson with immediate effect.
Watson reportedly took the decision after being approached by another participating club in the Betfred Super League which is thought to be Huddersfield who are looking to replace Simon Woolford who left in September.
Watson whose contract is set to expire in 2022, had earlier rejected an approach by Hull, pledging to fulfil his contract with the Red Devils. Sadly that no longer seems to be the case.
After joining the club from Swinton Lions in 2014, he has become hot property after guiding the club into a Grand Final in 2019 and just a month ago to the final of the Challenge Cup.
The club has now started the process of finding and selecting a replacement.
The statement in full reads:
"Ian Watson has parted company with Salford Red Devils with immediate effect, after being approached by another Betfred Super League club.
"Watson has been at the AJ Bell Stadium since 2014, when he joined as assistant coach from Swinton Lions.
"The Club were surprised and disappointed by Watson’s decision yesterday, following his previous statements of intent for the coming season, but understand his desire to continue his development through the experience of a new environment.
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"Watson was contracted to the club until the end of the 2022 season, after agreeing an extension in February of this year, and compensation has now been agreed between all parties.
"Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to thank Watson for his contribution to the Club throughout his tenure and wish him all the best in his new role.
"The Club has now started the recruitment process for a new head coach."
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