Salford boss Ian Watson wants it done the ‘right way’ without Marwan Koukash

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IAN Watson admits things could be better at Salford now Marwan Koukash has left as owner – even though he has had to cut his playing budget.

The flamboyant businessman was almost as well known for his outbursts and antics as he was for running a Super League club.

Marwan Koukash
Marwan Koukash handed over ownership of Salford
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Ownership of the Red Devils was transferred to a new trust of four directors and despite no longer being able to spend up to a slightly increased salary cap, boss Watson hopes he can now concentrate on just being a coach.

After having points deducted for breaching the cap in previous seasons and then scraping through a relegation-deciding Million Pound Game in 2016, a former player taking Salford to an employment tribunal and fans protesting against rumours of a name change to Manchester,
smoother waters may be on the horizon.

Watson said: “We’ve got to be a club together – generating more interest and more money.

“If you do that, you can spend your salary cap but at the moment, we’re not in that place. Marwan fronted the bill on that, he wasn’t shy in saying, ‘I’ll cover that for you’

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Ian Watson feels things need to be now done the ‘rightway’ at Salford
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“But now we’ve got to do things the right way and to do that, we’ve got to have everyone buying into it.

“Coaches always want to just coach rugby but there have been other things to deal with – that’s been part of being at Salford over the last few years.

“Every coach would love to be able to focus purely on coaching but you’re always going to have different things to deal with off the field.

“With the new guys coming in, hopefully it creates that stability and a real ethos going forward for itself. Time will tell but talks have been positive and professional, everyone can talk though, it’s doing it

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