Unwell McRae takes time off

Shaun McRae will not take charge of Salford’s match against Wigan after taking a month’s leave on medical advice.

McRae has been given time off to recover from illness and the club’s football director, Steve Simms, and assistant coach, Mal Aker will prepare the team for the Round 4 clash with Wigan.

McRae was recently subject to abuse by some of Salford’s fans after their heavy 56-22 home defeat against St Helens on 18 February, meaning the struggling team shipped 98 points in their two opening games. McRae vowed not to resign however.

A statement on the club’s official website said:

“Shaun McRae will be absent due to medical advice for the next month and the Club wish Shaun a speedy recovery.

“Director of Football Steve Simms and Assistant Coaches Malcolm Alker and Phil Veivers will take charge of proceedings during his absence.

“However, Phil is also unavailable this weekend having returned to Australia to be with his family after a bereavement. The Club would like to pass on its sincere condolences to Phil and his family at this difficult time.

“No further comment will be issued.”

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