Matt Parish leaves Salford

Matt Parish has resigned as Salford coach after five months in charge.

The 42 year-old Australian will more than likely take an assistant coach position at Manly Sea Eagles under Geoff Toovey.

The sacking of Des Hasler and resignation of his assistant Kelly Egan, both leaving for the Canterbury Bulldogs, has seen a position open on the northern Sydney beaches than Parish is believed to have taken.

Parish previously had concerns for the club upon his arrival, criticising its inability to make changes and improve.

He told a local radio station in August: “I don’t mind challenges, but you need to see change if you want to improve, you need to see change. I know if I can get some change then I know we can get some improvements, but the club definitely needs to change.

He went on to say: “We need to be united, consistent in everything we do, both on and off the field and at the moment I don’t believe either of those things are happening.

“It’s not just all about finances. It’s about providing a club and an environment that people want to come to.

“It’s about being honest and united and working with what you’ve got so you can all be heading in the one direction and produce the results that fans and the board want.”

And Parish confessed at the time of his arrival that he was surprised to hear that public opinion of the City Reds was poor.

He said: “The thing that has surprised me the most was that I wasn’t expecting what I was coming to.

“If you talk to people from other clubs, and in the Super League in general, they’ve all got an opinion about Salford and unfortunately it’s probably not the one it’s not what we’d like to hear.”

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