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Iestyn Harris says any expectations people have for Salford are "irrelevant"

Last Updated: 09/04/14 5:29pm

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New Salford coach Iestyn Harris says he is not feeling under pressure, despite the high expectations for the Super League club.

Former Wigan assistant Harris, 37, was unexpectedly named coach of the Red Devils last Friday, replacing Brian Noble, who has been offered a new post as director of football.

Harris was unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday and then told Sky Sports the high expectations of owner Marwan Koukash and the management team are not a concern.

"The most important thing as a coach is to have your own standards and your own expectations of yourself, and the way you coach the team," said Harris.

"I have to make sure that, when I look at myself in the mirror, I can say I have done the job correctly.

"That's the most important thing to me and external pressure is pretty irrelevant, you can't do anything about that.

"You have just got to make sure, internally, you are doing the right things."

A number of top class new players arrived at Salford in the winter but Harris says all members of his squad will be operating on a level playing field.

"I've said to the group that I have not made any pre-conceived ideas about anybody coming in," he said.

"I have to make sure that, when I look at myself in the mirror, I can say I have done the job correctly. That's the most important thing to me and external pressure is pretty irrelevant, you can't do anything about that."
Iestyn Harris

"I am aware of the ability of the players, where some of the players have played, and the high standards they have played at.

"You have got to be aware of that but you have to give every opportunity to everyone in the squad to have a chance to be on the field.

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"The next five-six weeks are very important for me, to work with the team and to impress on them what my expectations are, and how I want to do things on the field, off the field and around the club.

"I'm excited about the prospect of working with them. We have trained for the past two days and we have had a good two days, so we are starting to put some of those standards in place.

"The players are starting to understand how I work and to get that consistency with the players is important for me."

Asked if he was surprised to have been given his new post, Harris said: "Yes, I think so. I was dealing with the club and was very, very happy to work as one of Brian's assistants.

"It didn't unfold that way and I'm now in a position where I've got to look forward. I'm very excited about it and very excited about the challenge ahead of us."

Harris also announced that he is to step down as head coach of Wales, although he stressed that his decision was not a consequence of his appointment by Salford.

"I won't be doing the Wales job," Harris said. "It was a decision I made very early in the year.

"There will be an announcement this week with the reasons why but that's not for today."

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