Anderson lays down law

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Huddersfield Giants were initially due to promote Paul Anderson in November

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Huddersfield Giants were initially due to promote Paul Anderson in November

New Huddersfield head coach Paul Anderson wasted no time in laying down the law to his players as they reported back for work at the start of the post Nathan Brown regime.

Anderson was fast-tracked into the job following the Giants' decision on Monday to sack Brown, just 24 hours after their Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Warrington. Brown revealed in Sundays' post-match press conference that he had bowed to pressure from the players to change both personnel and the game plan after a disastrous run of results.

Anderson's first decision was to give his players Tuesday off and on Wednesday he delivered a no-nonsense lecture in which he made it clear he would not stand for player power. At his first official press conference as head coach, Anderson said: "We've had a good meeting and, if I'm being honest, I did all the talking."

He added: "My simple theory on it is, if they don't respond, then they won't play. I'll bring someone else in to do it. They've been told that. They know the black and white approach that I'm going to give them. If there's things in the game they don't want to do, then they're telling me they don't want to play.

"They welcomed what I had to say. I've had a fair response. They did a lot of listening and nobody had a problem with what I said. We moved on and we had a good training session."

Anderson, who was due to start his three-year contract in November when Brown officially joins St Helens, will prepare the side for Sunday's home game against Wakefield single-handedly but is now hoping to fast-track the appointment of his assistant Kieron Purtill.

"My position has been accelerated by a few months and I want to try to bring Kieron in as well," he said. "It's in the plans, the chairman is going to try and make it happen."

Meanwhile, Anderson is confident his players will be in the right frame of mind come game time on Sunday.

"Once we get to game day and the week settles down, I can start to enjoy it but at the moment it's all hands on deck," he said.

"Monday was a down day because it wasn't what I wanted to happen but, as sad as we are with what's happened, the competition will not stop for us. I have to prepare the players to the best of my ability in the period that I have with them. We've just got to get everybody pulling in the right direction."

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