Six potential candidates to be next Salford coach

Drew Darbyshire

(From left to right) Brian McDermott, Chris Chester and Andrew Henderson

We’ve picked six potential candidates to take over the head coaching role at Salford…

On Wednesday, Salford announced that they had parted ways with head coach Richard Marshall after just one season in charge of the club.

READ: Salford confirm departure of coach Richard Marshall

We’ve taken a look at six potential candidates who could take over in 2022…

Chris Chester

Chris Chester has been out of a job since parting ways with Wakefield in August.

The 42-year-old took charge of Trinity in March 2016 and led the club to its best-ever Super League finishes in 2017 and 2018. However, they won just four games this year before they parted company.

Chester’s first head coaching gig came at Hull KR between 2014-16 prior to his switch to Wakefield. He has also spent time being the head coach of the Scotland national team.

Andrew Henderson

Henderson will leave his position as assistant coach at Warrington at the end of the year, and he has made no secret of the fact that he wants to be a head coach in Super League at some point in the near future.

The 42-year-old is a highly-regarded coach in the game, having spent three successful seasons as London Broncos head coach between 2015-17. He also won 16 of his 17 games in charge of Sheffield in 2013.

A former Scotland international, Henderson made more than 400 career appearances during his playing career.

Danny Ward

Danny Ward left his role as head coach of London Broncos early in July.

The 41-year-old was out of contract at the end of the season and had informed the capital club of his intention to move on. Both parties then decided to part company immediately, to give a new coach the opportunity to plan for next season and beyond.

Ward was assistant coach to Wayne Bennett on Great Britain’s tour of the southern hemisphere in 2019 and is highly thought of in rugby league circles. Could he be back in the game with Salford soon?

Danny Orr

Orr left Castleford at the end of last season and became Marshall’s assistant at Salford.

The former Great Britain international has yet to have a head coaching gig, so could he be tempted with Salford job?

Orr is a well-respected coach in the game, having spent seven years on the coaching staff at hometown club Castleford prior to his move to the Red Devils earlier this year.

Brian McDermott

McDermott is a highly successful coach, having won four Super League titles, a League Leaders Shield, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge while in charge of Leeds between 2011-18.

He joined Championship side Oldham as a coaching consultant in July on a deal until the end of the season after the club parted ways with coach Matt Diskin. He has now finished in that role.

McDermott coached Toronto Wolfpack between 2019-20 but was left without a job after they failed in their bid to gain re-admission into Super League. He coached Harlequins before he joined the Rhinos and also coached the USA at the 2017 World Cup. Could we see McDermott back in Super League next season with Salford?

Paul Rowley

Former Leigh and Toronto coach Rowley is currently at Salford as their head of rugby development, talent and pathways.

The 46-year-old has been helping develop the club’s infrastructure outside of the first team set-up at Salford, so it remains to be seen whether he would like a return to being a head coach in the future.

But Rowley has an impressive record as a head coach, having won 101 games out of 130 in charge of Leigh between 2012-16 before winning 45 from 53 games as Toronto boss between 2017-18.

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