RICHARD Marshall believes he is the man to take Salford forward after replacing Ian Watson as coach.
The former Halifax boss has moved from St Helens, where he was assistant in their last two Grand Final-winning seasons.
Richard Marshall is the new Salford coachCredit: SWPIX.COM
Now he is ready to take the Red Devils to the next level after they reached the Grand Final and Challenge Cup finals in successive campaigns.
And what he has learned at the two-time champions will be put to good use – with bringing their own players through key but dramatic endings like Saints’ Grand Final win will not be the norm.
Marshall, who played alongside Watson – who left for Huddersfield – at Swinton, said: “Ian did a great job but there’s more work that could be done. We can be a stronger team defensively.
“I’ve got some ideas of my own on the way the game should be played. They’re well organised and have some really good senior players. One of my jobs is to develop the younger ones.
“I share the vision of the club in trying to make it produce its own players. Developing your own works on every level.
Salford reached the Challenge Cup final this year after making Super League’s Grand Final last yearCredit: SWPIX.COM
“When you get one from the local community, you get 10, 15 or 20 per cent on top of what you’d normally get from a player.
“I wanted to get back into head coaching and the timing was right. I learned so much at Saints but this team won’t be coached like them.
“And dropping a goal on 80 minutes, hitting the post, the ball bouncing and scoring a try to win is not the plan, there was nothing tactical in that!”
Among Marshall’s first jobs is to try and sort out a new contract for winger Krisnan Inu. SunSport understands an offer has been made.
And he is likely to draw up his own transfer plans, with reinforcements in the forward pack a priority.
Ian Watson made a surprise move to Huddersfield GiantsCredit: PA:Press Association
Marshall added: “There’s some strengthening and some re-signings that need to happen, we’re probably a bit behind in that area.
“I can’t see there being wholesale changes. The culture here is really good, I’ll be adding to that.”
Other names linked with the job were Warrington number two Andrew Henderson and England boss Shaun Wane.
However, SunSport understands the national chief did not apply.