Koukash confirms Sheens’ imminent arrival

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has confirmed that Australia coach Tim Sheens will arrive in the UK this week to begin his advisory role at the Red Devils.

Indeed, the Kangaroos coach looks set to be in attendance at Salford’s game against Hull FC at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday evening.

“If you can’t learn from someone like Tim Sheens, who can you learn from,” Koukash said.

“I’m expecting him to arrive on Friday and accompany me to the game on Saturday.

“He will be with us for three weeks and I think his presence will be good for all of us.

“His work will probably start on Sunday or Monday. He is the type of person who lives and breathes rugby league 24 hours a day.

“I have made mistakes and it will be nice to have someone of his capability to bounce ideas off.

“One way to bring success is to invest in youth and I want his guidance in that. It’s not sustainable for us just to go out and buy big names.

“We need to develop a winning culture.”

Meanwhile, Koukash has also confirmed that his plans to build a new community stadium for Swinton Lions have been thwarted.

“I spent the best part of 14 months and nearly £100,000 on developing a scheme only to find that the land wasn’t even available,” he said.

“In December 2013 we were led to believe we were going to be given the go-ahead within a couple of months.

“I value my reputation in the community and, if I say I’m going to do something, I want to do it. I made a promise to Swinton Lions and their fans and for the council to pull the carpet from under me is not the way some politicians should behave.”

Salford council have responded by stating that the proposed site was ruled out because of the impact on local residents, difficulty with access and the need for a new primary school and houses in Swinton.

They have insisted the local authority has identified other potential sites and will be pursuing those options directly with Swinton.

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