IESTYN Harris has left Wigan to become the head coach of Salford Red Devils.
Warriors this evening (Friday) released a statement confirming the move.
Wigan rugby Manager Kris Radlinski said; “We were approached by Salford Owner Dr Marwan Koukash over a week ago asking to talk to Iestyn. Following discussions with our Chairman Ian Lenagan and our Head Coach Shaun Wane permission was granted and Iestyn has informed us since of his decision to take up a new role with Salford.
“We are very comfortable with the quality of Coaching Staff we have in Paul Deacon and John Winder and the successions that we have in place at the Club to replace Iestyn. We would not have allowed this to go ahead if we had felt that it would jeopardise what we are trying to achieve here at Wigan.
“Iestyn was out of contract at the end of the season and once the approach had been made, it brought forward discussions regarding his future. We see this as an outstanding opportunity for Iestyn to take his career to the next level. He acted very professionally throughout and once a position was offered, it was the right thing to do to allow him to pursue the next challenge in his career, he leaves the Club with all of our best wishes.”
Head Coach Shaun Wane added: “I would like to personally thank Iestyn for everything that he has done for the last couple of years. His hard working attitude and commitment to us has been undoubted and he has helped us achieve some great things. We have played an important part in Iestyn’s development and I am sure he will go on to have a successful career at Salford.”
Salford owner Marwan Koukash tweeted: “Iestyn Harris will become the Head coach as from Monday.”.
The Red Devils’ current coach, ex-Wigan boss Brian Noble, has been offered as role as Director of football.