After a season of (relative) calm at Salford Devils, it looks like 2018 could be another of off field mayhem.
Update: Salford Devils have asked me to remove this article, or they will look to sue for defamation. I believe it is in the public interest to report on rumours surrounding the club, and offered them a right of reply, to which they declined, deciding instead to bully a freelance reporter into removing a story.
Rumours are reaching me that head coach Ian Watson may have lost the support of a number of senior players after belittling their efforts in last seasons race to the top 8 finish
I’m told two players from the club came to blows on “Mad Monday” outside a Manchester bar and BOTH were knocked unconscious in an altercation that was caught on CCTV, but was hushed up at the time.
At least one fan favourite left the club after being told he wasn’t pulling his weight on the field, to be snapped up by another club.
There are players telling fans how unhappy they are with Ian Watson, with one being disciplined after speaking out whilst at a local gym about being dropped last season.
Now, I’ve always found Ian to be approachable and open when interviewed, and I have approached the club for comment, but have yet to hear back from them, probably because most of the squad only returned on Monday to begin pre-season training.
I hope the rumours are untrue, as, even though I am a Hull KR fan, Salford have always had a place close to my heart.
Not only do I live in their catchment area, but I have covered them for a few different outlets over the years, and to see Salford fans on the verge of taking over the club in the form of a trust after Marwan Koukash decided he’d had enough.
Indeed, one former assistant coach’s Brother and I served in the Armed forces together and my best friend is a life long fan.
I would dearly love to see Salford win silverware, just as along as it’s not against Hull KR!