‘Like it or lump it’: Salford City Reds interim head coach Alan Hunte denies speculation is affecting his players

By Matt Simpson

Speculation over who will get Salford City Reds top job will not affect the players, says interim head coach Alan Hunte.

Talk is rife over who will replace Phil Veivers on a permanent basis, with former Wigan Warriors coach Brian Noble and Australian Brian Smith reportedly on the shortlist.

But Hunte – whose side narrowly lost to St Helens at Langtree Park – explained regardless of when owner Marwan Koukash makes his decision, the players will have to deal with it.

“The decision will come when it’s good and ready, and the players will like it or lump it,” he said. “It is what it is – that’s sport.

“People move on, new coaches come and go whether it’s somebody from the outside or myself from the inside that decision will be made.

“The players will have to get on with it.”

Despite picking up only one Super League win this season, performances have improved under the Yorkshireman, who revealed he understood his role when he took the job.

“I understood what my role was when I stepped in, I know that clearly. I’m happy with that, so you crack on with the job,” he added.

“Marwan has a decision to make and he’s got all the time in the world or he can make it tomorrow. He’ll do that when he’s good and ready.”

The Reds face table-toppers Huddersfield Giants next and Hunte has urged his players to ignore ongoing speculation and focus on the more important matter of climbing the Super League table.

“There is no point looking over your shoulder because you’ll miss what’s in front of you,” he said.

“There is more important stuff for us to worry about, which is on the field stuff and trying to get some points in the Super League table.”

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