Gleeson happy with Noble arrival
Salford captain Martin Gleeson has welcomed the appointment of former Great Britain boss Brian Noble as the City Reds new head coach.
The 52-year-old Noble will be officially unveiled as Phil Veivers' successor at a press conference on Tuesday and take charge for the first time when Salford play the University of Gloucestershire in the Tetley's Challenge Cup in Cheltenham next Sunday.
"It's great, he'll take the team forward," Gleeson said.
"He's taken clubs from the bottom of the league up the table before. He'll come in and bring the discipline that I think is needed."
Salford's ambitious millionaire owner Marwan Koukash announced the return of Noble to club coaching in the bar at the Salford City Stadium before yesterday's 24-18 Super League defeat by Hull FC.
Noble has been concentrating on his work in the media since leaving Wrexham-based Crusaders RL at the end of 2010 but has been linked with every Super League vacancy since then.
After a successful playing career during which he captained Great Britain, Noble moved into coaching with Bradford Bulls and led his home-town club to three Grand Final victories (2001, 2003 and 2005), three World Club Challenges (2002, 2004 and 2006) and a Challenge Cup triumph in 2003.
He made the shock move to Wigan Warriors in 2006 and saved them from relegation before making way for the appointment of Australian Michael Maguire and had one season with the Crusaders.
Koukash has pledged to spend up to the full salary cap and enable Noble to bring in between 10 and 15 new players for 2014.
Noble, who watched yesterday's match from the stands alongside Koukash, is thought to have agreed an 18-month rolling contract but will outline his plans at Tuesday's press conference.
Veivers' assistant coach Sean Long, who walked out on Great Britain in 2006 when Noble was in charge, is expected to keep his job while Alan Hunte will now go back to his job as Reds youth boss after seven matches in temporary charge.