Fax: Noble offer made

Brian Noble
Brian Noble

HALIFAX director Ian Croad has said Grand Final-winning coach Matt Calland is “comfortable” with an offer made to the former Bradford, Wigan and Great Britain boss Brian Noble.

Courier Sport revealed yesterday that Fax wanted the 50 year old, who has been out of work since leaving the Crusaders last autumn, to work alongside under-pressure boss Calland, who has seen his side win just once in seven Co-operative Championship starts this year.

Fax chairman Michael Steele had refused to discuss the situation - saying only that Calland’s status as head coach was not under threat - but Croad has now confirmed that a short-term deal for Noble is on the table, with an answer expected ahead of Sunday’s televised Carnegie Challenge Cup derby against Bradford at the Shay.

“An offer has been made to Brian Noble,” said Croad.

“It’s based on Brian coming in, acting as a consultant on the coaching front, probably until the end of this season, and providing a fresh pair of eyes to help Matt.

“We are a business and this is a decision we have taken to mend something that is broken in the business without taking the whole house down.

“Matt needs support, he is comfortable with the situation and is looking forward to working with Brian, who he worked with as a player at Bradford a few years ago, once more.

“Nothing is signed yet, but we are aiming to resolve things before Sunday’s game.”

Noble is the most successful British coach of the Super League era, taking the Bulls to three Super League titles and two World Club Challenge wins.

He failed to win a trophy in his three years at Wigan, but saved the club from relegation in his first season and took to them to five league and cup semi finals.

The former Great Britain hooker took the unfancied Crusaders to a shock play off berth last season.

“This demonstrates the board’s commitment to be successful,” said Croad.