HALIFAX officials have insisted the deal to bring Brian Noble to the Shay is not in jeopardy, despite another day lapsing without the former Great Britain coach putting pen to paper.
Courier Sport revealed last Wednesday that Fax were chasing Noble, who has been out of coaching since leaving the Crusaders last autumn, to work alongside head coach Matt Calland.
It is understood club bosses had originally hoped to tie the deal up last Thursday, but that was the first in a series of deadlines that have passed without the 50 year old formalising his arrival on a short term ‘consultancy’ deal.
Noble, a BBC pundit, did nothing to refute the move during TV footage of Sunday’s 46-34 loss to Bradford, although he left the ground immediately after the game, presumably to avoid a potential media scrum.
Noble has already held one meeting with Calland to discuss Fax’s football set up, but a Halifax spokesman said a second get-together, scheduled for yesterday afternoon, did not take place, although he denied that was significant.
“Brian had some unforeseen personal issues that meant he could not come to the club as we had originally planned,” he said.
“Those meetings have been put back 24 hours until today and we are expecting him to attend training tonight.”
Fax face arguably their toughest assignment of the Co-operative Championship season at the weekend when they travel to Post Office Road to face Featherstone.
Calland’s side have won just once in seven league starts in 2011 and are currently one off the bottom of the ladder.
Warrington forward Ben Harrison has been cleared of a broken ankle but is facing a lay-off with ligament damage.
The 23-year-old was carried off on a stretcher in the early stages of Sunday’s Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against Keighley, which the Wolves won 80-0.
“Warrington Wolves can confirm that the x-ray showed Ben has no fracture of his ankle,” the club said in a statement. “He has ligament damage that will have further investigation through the week to confirm diagnosis.”
Harrison is a member of the Rugby Football League’s 32-strong elite training squad attending a two-day camp at Loughborough University.