Bullish Koukash committed to Devils
Marwan Koukash will be at Bradford on Sunday, casting his eye over his wife's prospective acquisition, but insists his First Utility Super League priority remains Salford Red Devils, who look to get their play-off challenge back on track against Warrington Wolves tonight.
Mandy Koukash, wife of the colourful Salford owner, has confirmed that her bid to buy the Bulls from the administrators was lodged ahead of yesterday’s deadline and she must now wait until next week to discover if she is successful.
Blake Solly, the Rugby Football League's director of licensing and standards, said: "The administrator called for all bids to be in by the close of play on Thursday.
"We'll be working with the administrator over the weekend to assess those bids so there should be an announcement early next week on the successful bid."
The RFL has no objection to the Koukash family adding two Super League clubs to their string of successful racehorses and the one-time Palestinian refugee insists there would be no conflict of interests.
"Why should there be," Koukash said. "Last year we ran horses from two different yards in the same race and I never said you have to finish first and you have to be second. We provided resources to both yards and both competed on equal terms."
Koukash's Red Devils will be out to avoid a third straight defeat when the Wolves visit the AJ Bell Stadium tonight and, although they are still without injured England duo Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock, coach Brian Noble believes the addition of former Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long can provide a catalyst for their return to winning ways.
Long, who left London Broncos under a cloud last month, has rejoined Salford as a coaching consultant, working specifically with the club's kickers and half-backs.
"I am thrilled that he's back on board," said former Great Britain boss Noble, who dismissed talk of a rift between the pair going back to Long's sudden departure from the 2006 Four Nations Series.
"There's been a lot of things said about our relationship but it's always been pretty good and it hasn't changed. He's added a little bit of impetus for us this week."
Elsewhere on tonight, both Leeds Rhinos and St Helens will have home advantage, against Widnes Vikings and Catalan Dragons respectively, as they look to maintain their unbeaten records, while Hull KR seek their first win of the season when they go to Wigan Warriors.