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‘It’s a new dawn’: Interim boss Alan Hunte relishes coaching challenge at Salford City Reds

By Mark Shales

Interim boss Alan Hunte is relishing the challenges ahead as he takes over the reins at Salford City Reds in the wake of Phil Veivers’ dismissal.

The Reds’ Head of Youth was given the promotion on a temporary basis while owner Dr Marwan Koukash and his team seek out a long-term replacement for the sacked Australian.

The 42-year old former England and Salford winger carved out a successful career for himself as a player and Hunte is excited about making the step-up to Super League coaching.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to doing it because it’s a challenge,” he told his club’s website.

“It’s a new dawn. We’ve only been in this season one year. We’ve got a new owner and everybody’s excited and looking forward to how he’s going to take the club forward.

“The direction’s been kind of all over the place and that’s not me having a go at past coaches, but they’ve all had different philosophies and idea.

“The one thing I asked before this happened is that we get given some direction from above and that we adhere to that as a club united.”  

Veivers was displaced at the weekend after a 38-4 thrashing by previously winless London Broncos – a fourth loss from five games for Salford.

While no front-runners for the job have been confirmed by Dr Koukash, Australian head coach Tim Sheens has been rumoured for a return to club coaching, as has former England boss Brian Noble.

The Reds suffered their toughest ever winter at the end of last season – 14 players leaving the club as Salford teetered on the brink of financial collapse.

However despite all the problems, Hunte insists circumstance is no excuse for a lack of commitment.

“What I’m looking for is application, attitude, professionalism,” he added. “I only want to work with players who want to be at the club.

“I’m looking for a bit of personal pride in the performance.”

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