Koukash re-ignites McManus spate

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus
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Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has re-ignited his spat with Saints supremo and old pal Eamonn McManus.

In his programme notes ahead of Saints’ hard-fought home win against Hull, McManus spelt out his view that increasing Super League’s salary cap could destabilise the long-term interests of the game.

Salford chairman Mauwan Koukash

Salford chairman Mauwan Koukash

But Dr Koukash, who has been vocal in his desire to see clubs’ £1.8m annual wage limit raised, then hit back via Twitter.

Saints chairman McManus said: “What we cannot afford to do now is to destabilise this new solid ground by increasing salary cap wholesale. It is sustainable club solvency that is the imperative.

“I am in favour of possibly re-energising the salary cap to incentivise the production and retention of the best British talent to the extent practicable.

“But this has to be done within the long-term capacity of the game’s guaranteed revenue streams rather than because of the unpredictable promises of individuals.”

But Dr Koukash hit back: “I am not sure if I am one of those individuals the Saints chairman is referring to. If so, out of order.”

He later tweeted: “Big Super League meeting this Wednesday (February 26). Hoping big decisions will be made to advance RL to the next level.”

McManus (pictured. top) is credited with helping introduce St Helens-based businessman and race horse owner Koukash(pictured, bottom) to rugby league.

The pair clashed over RL’s new TV earlier this year.

New sponsorship and broadcasting deals for Super League has seen some club chiefs call for more to be done to prevent top players jumping ship to Australia’s NRL or switching codes to rugby union.