Rugby League - Alan in the Hunte to make an impression

Caretaker coach Alan Hunte is hoping to play his part in bringing back the good times to Salford.

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Alan Hunte believes there are exciting times ahead for Salford

The 42-year-old former Great Britain centre, who had a distinguished club career with St Helens, Hull and Warrington, has stepped up from his role of head of youth development to take temporary charge of the City Reds following the sacking of Phil Veivers.

He is preparing the side for Sunday's Super League match at Wakefield, although Salford's ambitious owner Marwan Koukash is expected to opt for a big-name successor. "It's something I will look forward to doing because it's a challenge," Hunte told the club's website www.reds.co.uk.

"Obviously I've been at the club a long time, in similar roles, and I think I've got a good understanding of where the club has come from.

"We've had some tough times and the odd good time dotted here and there.

"It is a new dawn. We've only been in the new stadium one year and we have a new owner who everybody is excited about.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he takes the club forward and hopefully I can be a part of that in respect of trying to change the culture because the direction has kind of been all over the place.

"That's not having a go at past coaches but they've all had different philosophies and ideas. The players will get given some direction from above."

Hunte, who is being assisted by Sean Long, the former St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half, says his priority is to help the players win back their pride following last Friday's 38-4 home defeat by London Broncos which saw the City Reds slump back to the foot of the table.

"What I'm looking for is application, attitude, professionalism," he said. "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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