Noble: Hard work is the only secret

BRIAN Noble has put commitment and sacrifice at the heart of his plans to help get Halifax’s 2011 Co-operative Championship season back on track.

The former Great Britain coach arrived at the club this week on an open-ended deal to work as a consultant alongside boss Matt Calland.

Noble joined Calland at training on Tuesday night and was due back at the Shay today as preparations continue for Sunday’s league meeting with Featherstone.

And while the 50 year old is now involved with a part-time side for the first time since the pre-Super League era, he made it clear there will be no short-cuts during his time with the club.

“I recognise this is a part time set up, but at the same time I will be impressing on all those part time people the need to be the best they can possibly be,” said Noble.

“I played part time myself for 15 years, and I know what I put into a career at what was Bradford Northern.

“Even then, 20 years ago, I was training four or five times a week.

“It takes commitment and, like anything you do in life, if you want to be good at something you have to make sacrifices.

“Those two principles never change and they are probably the difference between winning and losing.

“Halifax is a proud club with a long history and a lot of heritage and the people who are here now are writing a chapter in that history.

“That’s not going too well this season and we need to change that.”

Noble was quick to endorse Calland’s coaching record, labelling his feat at taking Fax to back to back Grand Finals as a “hell of a CV”.

And he confirmed he will give his former Bradford Bulls protege - who had been under mounting pressure after Fax’s faltering start to the year - whatever help he asks for.

“Matt can take anything he wants from me: I will give him everything in this three watt bulb of a brain, he can have the lot,” said Noble.

“It’s up to him what he does with that, but I will impress upon him there are certain standards that if I am involved we cannot fall below.

“I knew Matt as a player, but I obviously don’t what he is like as a coach.

“That’s one of the reasons I am here, to find out, and that’s why I am sure he is happy it is me.

“I am not a demon behind the scenes, I am here to work with him and for him.

“He is the head coach, there is no question about that.

“But he has said himself, did he get an apprenticeship?

“I was under the pump at Bradford for a few years, first with Brian Smith then with Matthew Elliott.

“Matt’s got some great ideas of his own, but there are times when you need help.

“Who do you call then? The people who are calling for your blood?

“You have to rely on someone and I have been fortunate enough to have had some great mentors myself.

“As a coach, you don’t always have the answers, I have been in that situation myself a number of times, but you have to find them.

“Now Matt has got someone he can bounce things off and I will give him my honest assessment because it is the only way I know.

“I think it’s easy to get rid of people in the modern era, say if they are not doing their job.

“But this bloke has won a Grand Final, for goodness sake, so he’s clearly doing something right.”

Noble also made it clear that his new job will have to be tailored around his media commitments with the BBC, which he admits could keep him away from the club on some matchdays.

“I obviously have a commitment at the weekends which might mean I am not able to get to every game,” he said.

“In June, I should be here every Sunday, but I do have a contract with the BBC. Other than that, I will be here as much as I need to be.”