Salford Red Devils fans complete takeover from Marwan Koukash
By Press Association
Last Updated: 08/01/18 9:24pm
Marwan Koukash has completed his handover of Salford Red Devils to a consortium of fans.
A new, not-for-profit holding company, Salford RD Holdings, has taken over control of the Betfred Super League club from Koukash, who saved them from bankruptcy in 2013 and announced his intention to step down last September.
The Rugby Football League has now approved the deal, which sees ownership pass to a four-strong board established to represent fans and the Salford community.
The club say Andrew Rosler, Asif Latief, Hannah Fendall and Dawn Fidler are long-standing supporters who will bring commercial experience and a clear vision to return the club to financial sustainability and build on its historical links to the city and community of Salford.
Rosler, a sponsor who had been a Salford season-ticket holder for over three decades, said "This is truly an historic day for our club.
"As a new board we can't wait to get down to business - I am sure we are at the beginning of a really exciting period in the club's history.
"We look forward to working in collaboration with the supporters, businesses and the wider community of Salford to bring long overdue success to the club."
It has been a very emotional day signing away the club I love but I know it is the right thing for the future of the club to do. We ( fans ) need to make this work by getting behind the new board . If you have not purchased your ST , do that tomorrow— Marwan Koukash (@drmarwanK) January 8, 2018
Koukash confirmed he had transferred control of the club to a new board.
He tweeted: "My involvement with the club will be as a devoted fan and sponsor. I will also be there for the new board whenever they need my advice or support."
Salford finished fourth in the regular season but failed to qualify for the play-offs following the Super 8s.
Koukash arrived at Salford five years ago to help steer the club away from the prospect of administration following financial difficulties during the 2012 season.