Salford sack head coach Veivers after just five games of the Super League season
14:07 GMT, 3 March 2013
17:55 GMT, 3 March 2013
Salford City Reds have parted company with head coach Phil Veivers with the club bottom of Super League.
The 48-year-old's dismissal comes following their fourth loss in five games as the Reds went down 38-4 to their fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday.
The announcement came today just five weeks after the club was taken over by racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash who has big plans for the future of the club.
In a statement on the club’s official website, CEO Ed Farish said: ‘We have had to look at the whole business and what is right for the Club.
Dismissed: Veivers (pictured) has been stood down as coach of the Reds
‘The results speak for themselves and it was felt a change must be made to allow our progression to continue on the field as well as off it.
‘We thank Phil for his efforts during an extremely difficult close season and wish him all the best for the future.’
After Friday’s embarrassing defeat Dr Koukash had warned that ‘things have to change and changes will be made.’
Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34
The decision comes after only one Reds win since July and the side have started the season in disastrous fashion sitting at the foot of the Super League ladder having conceded almost 200 points.
Head of Youth Development Alan Hunte will take over the coaching duties for the trip to Wakefield next weekend.
After making Australian Ed Farish his chief executive and appointing New Zealanders Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe to his board of directors, Koukash seems certain to go down the same route with Veivers' successor.
Lowe, who succeeded Steve Simms as director of rugby, returned to Auckland yesterday and is expected to lead the search for the new man.
National coaches Tim Sheens (Australia) and Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) are both without club ties but are unlikely to be available until 2014 as they focus exclusively on preparations for the 2013 World Cup.
Sheens has spent the last seven days in Britain and Ireland on a fact-finding mission and confirmed to Press Association Sport that he would be looking to get back into club coaching after the World Cup, ‘whether that be in Australia or England’.
Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, who took Leeds to Grand-Final glory in 2008 and 2009, could come into the reckoning, along with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble, who is keen to get backing into coaching after leaving Crusaders at the end of 2009.