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Richard Marshall parts company with Salford after inconsistent campaign

Richard Marshall parts company with Salford after inconsistent campaign
The 45-year-old was appointed as the successor to Ian Watson when the latter left to join Huddersfield last December

Salford have parted company with head coach Richard Marshall after less than 12 months in the role.

The Red Devils issued a brief statement saying the decision has been made with immediate effect and by mutual consent.

The 45-year-old Marshall was appointed as the successor to Ian Watson when the latter left to join Huddersfield last December but the new boss struggled to deliver any consistency in the 2021 Super League season.

The Red Devils finished in 11th place, with only relegated Leigh below them, after winning seven of their 22 matches.

A club statement read: “Salford Red Devils would like to thank Richard Marshall for his efforts this season and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”

Marshall arrived at the AJ Bell Stadium with a fine coaching pedigree.

Richard Marshall struggled for consistency at Salford in 2021 (PA Images/Richard Sellers)

The former Huddersfield, London Broncos, Leigh and Halifax forward cut his coaching teeth under Tony Smith at Warrington before being appointed by the Panthers.

He guided the Yorkshire club to regular play-off positions from 2015-19 before joining St Helens as assistant coach.

Former Toronto head coach Paul Rowley, who has worked on the backroom team at Salford for the last three years, has emerged as a potential successor while experienced coaches Brian McDermott, Chris Chester, Danny Ward and Andrew Henderson are also being linked with the job.

Salford have have already begun recruiting for 2022, with Brisbane Broncos half-back Brodie Croft among the new faces already lined up.