Noble has big plans for Salford
Brian Noble is confident he can justify the faith of ambitious owner Marwan Koukash by bringing back the good times to Salford City Reds.
The 52-year-old Noble can vividly remember the halcyon days of the Red Devils, who were twice crowned champions in the Seventies when they boasted stars of the calibre of David Watkins, Keith Fielding and Maurice Richards.
"I remember when I was growing up, one of my earliest memories of sport on television was Superstars with Keith Fielding," Noble said.
"It resonates with me to this day what a good side they used to have. Why can't they have a good side again?"
Koukash, who took control of the club in February, yesterday formally appointed Noble as the successor to Phil Veivers and pledged to fund a major rebuilding job in his efforts to transform the City Reds from wooden spoon favourites to potential champions.
Noble remains the most successful coach in the history of Super League after guiding Bradford to three triumphs from five consecutive Grand Final appearances and he also improved the fortunes of Wigan Warriors and Crusaders RL.
The former Great Britain boss took Crusaders into the play-offs in 2010 and has revealed it was a lack of ambition by the club owners that prompted him to quit after just one season at the Racecourse.
"I was really frustrated at the Crusaders because I thought the job the players and staff did there in one year was phenomenal and I could see the potential by a million miles," he said.
"The people that we would have for the next year had I stayed would have made that joint rock. It would have been a massive success story.
"So one of the things that attracted me here is that, if this particular club is resourced well, the potential is immeasurable."
Koukash is hoping to persuade his Super League rivals to allow him to exceed the £1.8million salary cap next season in order to realise his ambitions - and Noble has already drawn up a shopping list.
However, the changing scenery in the transfer market since Noble was last in Super League has made it more difficult to attract overseas talent to England.
"The rules are slightly different to the last time I did it," he admitted.
"The strength of the Aussie dollar and the size of their salary cap means a lot of their players who are on the fringe have got enough finance to stay where they are.
"I'm confident there's a market out there to enable us to bring some players in but it's really important we make the right decisions."
Caretaker coach Alan Hunte will remain in charge of Salford for Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie with the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, with Noble assuming full control the following day.