MARWAN Koukash is ready to hand over control of Salford, as SunSport revealed yesterday.
The flamboyant millionaire will pass on decisions on the running of the club to a new board made up of seven trustees.
And he admitted that he is prepared to hand them ownership of the Red Devils.
Dr Koukash said: “I will appoint a board of trustees to include local Salford businessmen and a representative of the fans to be elected by the season ticket holders, which will ensure the fans have a prominent voice in the running of the club.
“I am confident that the new structure at the club under the guidance of the Trustees will see the club continue to make progress on and off the pitch.
“As I have always said, I am merely a custodian of the club, which will always be bigger than any individual who owns it, and will continue longer than any one person can run it.
“To this end the club, quite rightly, must always belong to the fans and the local community of Salford.
“I will continue to hold very high regard for our fans and the wider community supporting us and because of this have rejected lucrative offers to relocate or rebrand the club because I have seen that there is an overwhelming passion from the fans to retain the Salford name.”
Super League bosses say they have held talks with Koukash over the planned transfer of ownership during the last few weeks.
And while legal discussions will continue in the near future, executive director Roger Draper confirmed any new chiefs will need to be approved.
He said: “Marwan tried to take the club forward and this year produced an exciting team that performed well in Super League and reached the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
“Although he is stepping away from the club, he has announced the intention to enable a trust to take control of Salford Red Devils moving forward and it is clear that he wants them to succeed in galvanising local support.
“As is the case with any change of ownership involving a club, all changes are subject to Rugby Football League board approval.”