Parish perishes at Reds after less than six months
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Friday 18 November 2011
Matt Parish has quit and returned to Australia less than six months into a three-year contract as coach of Salford after several differences of opinion with the club's director of football, Steve Simms. He is now expected to take up the role of assistant coach to Geoff Toovey at the Australian champions, Manly.
Parish was appointed in June, after Shaun McRae's resignation through ill-health. The Reds won only one of six games under Parish during the rest of the season and he expressed doubts about the direction of the club.
His departure leaves them with little time to find a new coach before the start of pre-season training and the eagerly awaited move into their new stadium at Barton.
The immediate responsibility will fall on Parish's assistant and caretaker coach for part of last season, Phil Veivers, and Sean Long, recently appointed to the coaching staff after calling time on his distinguished playing career.
Parish's exit route has been opened up by the turmoil at Manly. They won the NRL Grand Final, but were then rocked by the determination to leave of their coach, Des Hasler, who is taking over at Canterbury and taking much of his back-room staff with him.
The England coach, Steve McNamara, has named a 21-man squad for the Four Nations final, adding Gareth Ellis, Carl Ablett, Ryan Bailey and Danny McGuire to the 17 who beat New Zealand. Australia's Tim Sheens has also named 21, including the previously suspended Tony Williams.
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