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Paul Rowley responds to rumours he’ll be Leeds Rhinos next head coach

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Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley has spectacularly shut down any speculation that he will be following Ian Blease to Leeds Rhinos in a post-match interview following his sides’ impressive victory over Warrington Wolves.

Fresh off a Challenge Cup Final defeat, Warrington Wolves weren’t at the races with Sam Burgess claiming his team suffered a “tiny hangover”, but they’d have had to be on full form to beat a very impressive Salford side.

Paul Rowley has created an attacking identity to his side on a shoestring budget, much of that facilitated by Ian Blease, but the coaching to encourage his players to play how they do is all down to Rowley.

Salford tore Warrington apart in the first half as they ran in three long-distance tries before Marc Sneyd slotted his 50th Super League drop goal to send the visitors into the break 19-0 up.

Warrington did respond but Salford, and Man of the Match Marc Sneyd in particular, were far too good. Red Devils fans will be incredibly happy to see that performance and it was compounded by Paul Rowley stating bluntly that he will not be heading to Leeds Rhinos, as has been suggested.

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Paul Rowley rejects any Leeds Rhinos link

Paul Rowley

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Asked post-game by Sky Sports‘ Jenna Brooks how he would respond to the suggestion that he will follow Ian Blease to Headingley, Paul Rowley batted back with a resounding answer.

“I wouldn’t get it in the time of day. It’s a hypothetical question,” Rowley stated.

“You could say that about Brisbane Broncos or anybody else couldn’t you? So yeah, I’m concentrating on giving my full attention to this group. That’s what they deserve and so that’s what I’ll do.”

It was confirmed on Monday that Ian Blease would be heading to Leeds Rhinos to take on their Sporting Director role and that immediately prompted questions and suggestions about Paul Rowley following him, given the underfire status of Rohan Smith currently.

One of Smith’s former players Blake Austin claimed that it was easy to “put two and two together” as he claimed that the “Salford Rhinos are coming together”, hinting that Rowley could well follow Blease.

For now, that seems to be nonsense given Rowley’s comments last night on the matter but if the pressure continues to intensify on Rohan Smith then it will certainly be one to watch.

Salford boss praises Man of the Match Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd, playing for Salford, holds the ball. He tops the Man of Steel rankings

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Marc Sneyd has been integral to Salford’s success this season and that was the case again last night as he picked up 13 of the team’s 25 points and earned yet another Man of the Match award.

That’s led to Barrie McDermott suggesting that the half-back should be starting for England in the upcoming game against France, whilst Paul Rowley has also had his say on his star player.

Analysing the game, he said:  “I don’t think the right way was to try and go around Warrington. I thought we needed to go through them and I thought we had some strong ball carriers out there today.

“We knew we had tackle breaks, off-balls, all that sort of stuff because statistically we do that. And then we’ve got Sneydy on the back there who likes to turn it on doesn’t he for the Sky cameras that’s for sure. He’s got a few of them Man of the Match medals now so he’s doing a great job and we’re lucky to have him.”

Sneyd currently leads the Man of Steel voting alongside Leigh Leopards recruit Matt Moylan but the Salford man will be almost guaranteed another to open up a lead and earn a three-point haul following last night’s performance.

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