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Halifax reinstate coach as football director quits

Matt Calland
Matt Calland first came to The Shay as Halifax assistant coach in 2006

Halifax have reinstated head coach Matt Calland just two days after suspending him following an internal inquiry.

Calland was suspended after Halifax's disqualification from the Challenge Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

However, football director Martin Hall has now accepted responsibility for the fiasco and resigned from his post.

"I'm delighted to be back," said Calland. "It's a very sad situation but I'm glad it's been rectified. We can all pull together now and move on."

The finger of blame was originally pointed at Calland, who played on-loan Michael Ostick in last month's 56-4 fourth round win at Swinton.

The prop had already appeared for Rochdale in their third round tie against French club FC Lezignan.

The Championship club's inquiry has now been blamed on a breakdown in procedures, largely due to a series of absences by their football director.

The board do not consider that there is a case to continue a disciplinary procedure against Matt Calland

Halifax statement

A club statement said: "That investigation has shown that the breakdown in the club's procedures arose as a consequence of the absence of Martin Hall at material times, both relating to the signing and playing of the player concerned and a failure to ensure that compliance was properly managed in his absence by others.

"This conclusion is acknowledged by Martin Hall, who has tendered his resignation which has been accepted.

"In the circumstances, the board do not consider that there is a case to continue a disciplinary procedure against Matt Calland and have lifted his suspension and invited him to return to full duties with immediate effect."

Calland has returned to The Shay in preparation for Sunday's re-match with last season's Grand Final opponents Barrow.

Halifax chairman Michael Steele added: "When Martin joined the club, its fortunes, on and off the field, were at a low ebb.

"Since then, on a playing level, there have been consistent performances in the upper end of the Championship and under his coaching and that of his nominated successor, Matt Calland, a style of attacking rugby which has been a delight to watch. He will be missed."

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