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New head coach Richard Marshall believes it is ‘an exciting time for Salford’ after taking over at the Red Devils for the 2021 campaign following the departure of former coach Ian Watson, who headed off to take charge of Huddersfield Giants at the end of the last season. Marshall said: Under the guidance of Ian Watson, Salford's Devils progressed from being just nail-biting seconds away from relegation in the Million Pound Game, navigated considerable financial challenges and brought joy to the city by charting his side to a Super League Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final in consecutive seasons. Marshall has some big boots to fill and he intends to do just that as on opening night he takes aim at his former club St Helens where he was number 2 to Justin Holbrook when the club sealed another title against Salford 12 months earlier. Kick off for the match is set for Friday 26th March, 2021 – 18:00 with the Reds heading along the East Lancs to the Emerald Headingley Stadium. Marshalls picks for the opener are: Addy, Brown, Costello, Escare, Ikahihifo, Inu, Johnson, Kear, Lannon, Livett, Lolohea, Mossop, Ormondroyd, Patton, Pauli, Sarginson, Sio, Taylor, Watkins, Wells, Williams St Helens are the club to beat this season as they look to bring home a third consecutive Super League title.
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: Photo: Salford Red Devils