Interim Salford coach Alan Hunte hopeful of retaining job after draw with Wakefield

Jack Murphy

As it stands, he is only the interim coach after the club sacked Phil Veivers, but following a 23-all draw against Wakefield, interim coach Alan Hunte is hopeful of fulfilling the role for a bit longer.

Hunte, a former international centre, has been told that he is one of the candidates for the full-time role, and would have won his first game in charge had it not been for a late field goal by Wakefield to level the scores.

“I’ve coached at youth level, at Doncaster, and this is another coaching job for me,” Hunte said.

“It’s all I’ve done and I love doing it.

“When I was given the job on an interim basis I know jokes were made comparing me to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea.

“But every coach in sport, Sir Alex Ferguson apart, is interim and, if you don’t get success, you’re out of a job.

“At the start of the week I said to myself that I didn’t want to be out of a job at the end of the week. Hopefully that’s not the case.

“I had a conversation with the directors in the last week and I am happy with where I stand.

“Marwan (Koukash, owner) has spoken to the lads and he’s happy, but he won’t let it lie with this and why should he?”

With Salford entering a rebuilding phase if you will, some of their past games may not have been their best – but Hunte believes that the improvement was noticeable, despite the draw.

“We improved on a lot of the things we have lacked in the past.

“For effort and professionalism it’s a big yes, and we are in there feeling like we have lost.”

Richard Agar, Wakefield Wildcats coach, was left somewhat disappointed with how his side played, bemoaning their errors and players not stepping up when they had to.

“I’m disappointed with the performance and a little bit angry about the way we played,” said Agar.

“We were lacking in certain areas and I’m looking at our senior guys. We made far too many errors and Salford worked really hard.

“Our enthusiasm did lift but the quality didn’t. I think we knew we were good last week and the week before, and maybe felt like we could just turn up.

“Rugby league doesn’t work like that. We had too many players who were not willing to roll up their sleeves and who were not at the standard we require.”

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