Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Veivers Still Hurt by Reds Sacking ; Former Salford Coach Feels He Didn't Get Time to Turn around Troubled Club

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Veivers Still Hurt by Reds Sacking ; Former Salford Coach Feels He Didn't Get Time to Turn around Troubled Club

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PHIL Veivers regrets not being given more time in the Salford Reds hotseat. His sacking after just five games in charge this season still hurts.

Veivers had the unenviable task of trying to crack one of the toughest jobs in Super League.

Salford almost went bust last Christmas and Veivers subsequently endured a nightmare pre-season - at one stage he had just a handful of senior professionals to work with.

Salford as a club may have been saved when Marwan Koukash took charge but the writing was soon on the wall for the 48-year-old Aussie who was not allowed by the RFL to recruit new players.

And Koukash wielded the axe after Salford capitulated 38-4 in the home game with London Broncos.

To many, his decision appeared a rash, kneejerk reaction but Koukash's mind was made up and pride-wounded Veivers was shown the door.

Family man Phil is now left wondering where his next job is going to come from but he is determined not to end up on the Super League scrapheap.

He has the forthcoming Exiles game to look forward to when he will assist head coach Brian McClennan but after that there is not much rugby-wise for him to really get his teeth into.

Veivers told MEN Sport: "You just have to move on. There is not much point looking over my shoulder - if I did, I would probably get a kink in my neck and I don't want that.

"What happened to me at Salford happened but I believe in my own ability and do think, given more time, results could have picked up.

"We really were up against it though on every front.

"It was always going to be a long haul with what went on at the club in the close season.

"For Salford to progress would take time. Nothing has changed my mind on that.

"I would ideally love to remain in coaching but there are only so many openings and most of these are filled.

"I may have to do something else because there are mouths to feed and bills to pay. …

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