Richard Whiting

It brings to an end his tenure as the caretaker coach at Salford but that does not disappoint Alan Hunte too much, as he backs Brian Noble as the man to turn around Salford’s dwindling season, a side that has lost four of their last five games.

It was the push from Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash that got Noble on board, with Hunte pleased to see someone like Noble get the job, as he now goes back to his former role as youth coach.

“I’ve known Brian was a strong contender from day one and my role has not changed,” said Hunte.

“Brian is a great choice and his pedigree speaks for itself. He has coached two top Super League clubs and took Crusaders further than anyone imagined.

“He’s a good bloke too and we are all looking forward to the challenge ahead. I’m looking forward to working with a world class coach.”

Despite the loss, Hunte was upbeat about the game, particularly the efforts of Jake Emmitt who was making his debut for the club.

“We defended well apart from conceding three soft tries to a charge down, an 80 metre kick and a turnover from the kick off. But it was a million miles away from last week at Widnes,” said Hunte.

“Jake Emmitt had a fantastic debut and we have to keep improving. We have surprised a few people by gaining five points and we must continue to make steps this season.”

For Hull, coach Peter Gentle praised the efforts of his youngsters, as Hull FC continue their charge up the ladder.

“You can’t put young heads on old shoulders but the youngsters did well. The intensity and desire was there and it was never going to be pretty with such a strong wind,” said Gentle.

“We are clawing our way up the ladder although our kicking was not exceptionally good.”

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