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Bradford Bulls skipper Diskin turns to Twitter to criticise Francis Cummins' sacking

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Matt Diskin Matt Diskin

Bradford captain Matt Diskin has condemned the Bulls for sacking head coach Francis Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire.

The 32-year-old hooker, who has reluctantly agreed to take over as caretaker player-coach until the club make a permanent appointment, took to Twitter to make clear his unhappiness over their decision to axe the coaches in the aftermath of Sunday's 46-18 defeat at Salford.

In a statement issued by the club, Diskin said he would ensure the players would be properly prepared to face Hull KR in their next Super League match at Odsal on Friday night while insisting that he had no desire to keep the job long term.

Diskin then tweeted: "Following the club's press release, on my behalf I would like to add the following: We have to respect the board's decision regarding the dismissal of Francis and Lee.

"Saying that, we don't have to agree with it and personally I think it is the wrong decision in regards to the club's long-term future.

"The facts are that we are in a results-based industry and, as a group of players, we have not transferred the skills, game-plans and attitude that is of a high standard on the training field into our competitive games.

"This is something the some of most successful coaches in the world would struggle to remedy.

"The players are ultimately at fault and should shoulder the blame for the club's league position.

"My role as coach until a new one arrives is a responsibility I have reluctantly accepted and have the encouragement of both Francis and Lee for which I'm greatly appreciative."

Diskin has taken charge under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres as Bradford begin the search for Cummins' successor.

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10:25pm Tue 17 Jun 14

king karl says...

Sack disco too if he ain't happy
Sack disco too if he ain't happy king karl
  • Score: 23

10:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

AdeyG'man says...

Should have performed then Along with the others who pull on the shirt!!!
Should have performed then Along with the others who pull on the shirt!!! AdeyG'man
  • Score: 29

10:37pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Good rallying call
Good rallying call Videoref
  • Score: 4

10:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

gordon ramsay says...

FC is his brother in law he's hardly gong to say sacking him was the right call regardless of whether it was or not
FC is his brother in law he's hardly gong to say sacking him was the right call regardless of whether it was or not gordon ramsay
  • Score: 13

11:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Forever-Bfd says...

Should keep is mouth shut now is not the time to come out with comments like this when he is supposed to be leading the team. Need to get a coach in quick and get this team sorted out. Those who can't or won't put the 80min in should be shown the door.
Should keep is mouth shut now is not the time to come out with comments like this when he is supposed to be leading the team. Need to get a coach in quick and get this team sorted out. Those who can't or won't put the 80min in should be shown the door. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 30

11:15pm Tue 17 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

Agree with Forever-Bfd. Now is not the time when we are coming up to an important game. We are all sickened at what has happened, but what alternative did we have, somewhere amongst all this the fans are truly fed up. What should be an entertaining distraction from our personal lives has become a political and emotional nightmare, For goodness sake, lets get the new coach in quick and get back to some normality - what's gone on over the past two and half years has been beyond belief.
Agree with Forever-Bfd. Now is not the time when we are coming up to an important game. We are all sickened at what has happened, but what alternative did we have, somewhere amongst all this the fans are truly fed up. What should be an entertaining distraction from our personal lives has become a political and emotional nightmare, For goodness sake, lets get the new coach in quick and get back to some normality - what's gone on over the past two and half years has been beyond belief. raisemeup
  • Score: 34

12:00am Wed 18 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

Wonder what the players have been working on this week. Maybe defence or basic wrestling techniques to make sure they got to their feet quicker than the opposition. If not they could have worked on basic ball skills, if not that they might have practised lines and angles of running.

What they've probably done is run round the pitch twice, do some basic stretching and weights and hope all the "hard work" on the training pitch pays off on match day.Lets face it that's all that's been happening for the last 7 years.
Wonder what the players have been working on this week. Maybe defence or basic wrestling techniques to make sure they got to their feet quicker than the opposition. If not they could have worked on basic ball skills, if not that they might have practised lines and angles of running. What they've probably done is run round the pitch twice, do some basic stretching and weights and hope all the "hard work" on the training pitch pays off on match day.Lets face it that's all that's been happening for the last 7 years. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 17

12:57am Wed 18 Jun 14

Carlos66 says...

I was told on Monday they were all in Nando,s Having a good old laugh after training. Thought extra work might have been more appropriate !
I was told on Monday they were all in Nando,s Having a good old laugh after training. Thought extra work might have been more appropriate ! Carlos66
  • Score: 13

5:23am Wed 18 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

You cannot sack twenty players, even if they are the fault, but you can sack one coach. This is simply an awful tweet by Diskin! A club captain with no loyalty, no wonder the performances are so bad. This is a player who was drummed out of Leeds because he could not handle being second string to Buderus. A disgraceful attitude that had no place at Headingley. And what do the Bulls do? Give him a three year contract at a ridiculous amount which he has never repaid with performances on the park. Then what does Cummins do? Gives him a one year extension. This is a player who will have to hang up his boots at the end of the season because no side will want him. He has been stealing money from the Bulls. And now he is in charge! It beggars belief. KR must be licking their lips. We are going into a TV game prepared by a snake in the grass. Quite disgraceful. He should be put on the same 508 bus as Cummins. Act quickly Mr Ferres to stop this anarchy.
You cannot sack twenty players, even if they are the fault, but you can sack one coach. This is simply an awful tweet by Diskin! A club captain with no loyalty, no wonder the performances are so bad. This is a player who was drummed out of Leeds because he could not handle being second string to Buderus. A disgraceful attitude that had no place at Headingley. And what do the Bulls do? Give him a three year contract at a ridiculous amount which he has never repaid with performances on the park. Then what does Cummins do? Gives him a one year extension. This is a player who will have to hang up his boots at the end of the season because no side will want him. He has been stealing money from the Bulls. And now he is in charge! It beggars belief. KR must be licking their lips. We are going into a TV game prepared by a snake in the grass. Quite disgraceful. He should be put on the same 508 bus as Cummins. Act quickly Mr Ferres to stop this anarchy. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 17

6:01am Wed 18 Jun 14

kaye82 says...

You all talk sh*t the only person to blame is mark green instead of spending money bringing in players he spends it chasing lost points get a grip
You all talk sh*t the only person to blame is mark green instead of spending money bringing in players he spends it chasing lost points get a grip kaye82
  • Score: -26

7:20am Wed 18 Jun 14

caledonia15 says...

raisemeup wrote:
Agree with Forever-Bfd. Now is not the time when we are coming up to an important game. We are all sickened at what has happened, but what alternative did we have, somewhere amongst all this the fans are truly fed up. What should be an entertaining distraction from our personal lives has become a political and emotional nightmare, For goodness sake, lets get the new coach in quick and get back to some normality - what's gone on over the past two and half years has been beyond belief.
Spot on, it has been an awful last few years following the Bulls, some form of stability is what is needed now, sadly it looks like thee championship next season, but if it turns things around then so be it.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: Agree with Forever-Bfd. Now is not the time when we are coming up to an important game. We are all sickened at what has happened, but what alternative did we have, somewhere amongst all this the fans are truly fed up. What should be an entertaining distraction from our personal lives has become a political and emotional nightmare, For goodness sake, lets get the new coach in quick and get back to some normality - what's gone on over the past two and half years has been beyond belief.[/p][/quote]Spot on, it has been an awful last few years following the Bulls, some form of stability is what is needed now, sadly it looks like thee championship next season, but if it turns things around then so be it. caledonia15
  • Score: 3

7:25am Wed 18 Jun 14

nosher says...

Can somebody give this fraudster the timetable for the 508 bus to Leeds. It goes past odsal. I agree he was given a life line when he got the boot at Leeds and has never done anything for us. He should get disciplined for this tantrum. How can the rest of the players follow this man.
Can somebody give this fraudster the timetable for the 508 bus to Leeds. It goes past odsal. I agree he was given a life line when he got the boot at Leeds and has never done anything for us. He should get disciplined for this tantrum. How can the rest of the players follow this man. nosher
  • Score: 10

7:28am Wed 18 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

We're relegated anyway so doesn't matter if we win or lose. would just be nice if we could compete for once though
We're relegated anyway so doesn't matter if we win or lose. would just be nice if we could compete for once though bradfordbronco
  • Score: 15

7:33am Wed 18 Jun 14

rogerthat! says...

If not Diskin who else could do the job at short notice? Only Robbie the spin or perhaps Duffer would fancy the Job. Get off Diskins back and try and give positive support, the damage was done years ago Caisley , Hood and Omar the con. Get at them.
If not Diskin who else could do the job at short notice? Only Robbie the spin or perhaps Duffer would fancy the Job. Get off Diskins back and try and give positive support, the damage was done years ago Caisley , Hood and Omar the con. Get at them. rogerthat!
  • Score: 10

7:35am Wed 18 Jun 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Understand and fully respect his loyalty, but Matt's statement on twitter actually gives cast iron reason why a change was needed. FC was not communicating or motivating the players to do it on the pitch. The essential part of coaching.
Understand and fully respect his loyalty, but Matt's statement on twitter actually gives cast iron reason why a change was needed. FC was not communicating or motivating the players to do it on the pitch. The essential part of coaching. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 13

7:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Good to see the knee jerk reaction from the Board has caused us even more embarrassment; can this Club never get anything right?

FC & SH needed to go but you do not sack your coaching staff without having a confirmed replacement or plan in place.

It now seems that Disko is a reluctant coach and his comments show his contempt for the Board's decision.

The comments on here about Green not spending any money on the team are justified. we have seen loanees and freebies bouncing in and out of the team which when they have started to perform and move us forward have been recalled by their parent Club.

We need to bring in our long term Coaching team now; we need a Coach with Championship experience as lets be honest that is where we will be playing next season and a personality that the Fans and Players can get behind.

I would like to see Glen Morrison and Jimmy Lowes pair up but that will mean Green splashing the cash which I doubt he will.

I would love to be proved wrong.
Good to see the knee jerk reaction from the Board has caused us even more embarrassment; can this Club never get anything right? FC & SH needed to go but you do not sack your coaching staff without having a confirmed replacement or plan in place. It now seems that Disko is a reluctant coach and his comments show his contempt for the Board's decision. The comments on here about Green not spending any money on the team are justified. we have seen loanees and freebies bouncing in and out of the team which when they have started to perform and move us forward have been recalled by their parent Club. We need to bring in our long term Coaching team now; we need a Coach with Championship experience as lets be honest that is where we will be playing next season and a personality that the Fans and Players can get behind. I would like to see Glen Morrison and Jimmy Lowes pair up but that will mean Green splashing the cash which I doubt he will. I would love to be proved wrong. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 9

8:37am Wed 18 Jun 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

A little snippet of evidence that the players didn't transfer training ground practice to the pitch could be seen in the way they had been told to point to their target man when defending. Even in the wider positions, where you would think this sort of alignment is more important, some players participated and others didn't and I can only conclude that as a defense coach initiative (presumably?) it suggests a mediocre respect for Hillaire. What I would say in FC's defense though is that in normal circumstances when players are not executing the training plan there would be sufficient strength in depth to drop them for a little period of reflection. As things stand they all know that they will play regardless.
A little snippet of evidence that the players didn't transfer training ground practice to the pitch could be seen in the way they had been told to point to their target man when defending. Even in the wider positions, where you would think this sort of alignment is more important, some players participated and others didn't and I can only conclude that as a defense coach initiative (presumably?) it suggests a mediocre respect for Hillaire. What I would say in FC's defense though is that in normal circumstances when players are not executing the training plan there would be sufficient strength in depth to drop them for a little period of reflection. As things stand they all know that they will play regardless. Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 1

8:37am Wed 18 Jun 14

nochanceagain says...

That's one way to "tweet" yourself into getting sacked too and with on a few months of contract left it wouldn't cost much to let him go!
If the players aren't responding on the field then there is a motivational issue even against Wakey when we had the game almost sewn up by half time they came out with no passion to kill the gam eoff in the second half and went close to losing it had it notbeen for a dubious crossing decision by the ref.
We never ever look fired up and that has to be the coach and we never have any line speed in defense thus the sackings seem reasonable to me, the pressure is part of the job and there is no shortage of people wanting coaching jobs so you get sacked!
That's one way to "tweet" yourself into getting sacked too and with on a few months of contract left it wouldn't cost much to let him go! If the players aren't responding on the field then there is a motivational issue even against Wakey when we had the game almost sewn up by half time they came out with no passion to kill the gam eoff in the second half and went close to losing it had it notbeen for a dubious crossing decision by the ref. We never ever look fired up and that has to be the coach and we never have any line speed in defense thus the sackings seem reasonable to me, the pressure is part of the job and there is no shortage of people wanting coaching jobs so you get sacked! nochanceagain
  • Score: 5

8:52am Wed 18 Jun 14

CanaBull says...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig. CanaBull
  • Score: 7

9:09am Wed 18 Jun 14

haterugbysometimes says...

D*ckhead and as for reluctantly has taken on the role, take it off him as he will no doubt be worse the FC, the sooner they get someone else to take over the Head Coaching job the better; you need to follow your brother-in-law Diskin and s*d off elsewhere
D*ckhead and as for reluctantly has taken on the role, take it off him as he will no doubt be worse the FC, the sooner they get someone else to take over the Head Coaching job the better; you need to follow your brother-in-law Diskin and s*d off elsewhere haterugbysometimes
  • Score: 4

9:15am Wed 18 Jun 14

Videoref says...

rogerthat! wrote:
If not Diskin who else could do the job at short notice? Only Robbie the spin or perhaps Duffer would fancy the Job. Get off Diskins back and try and give positive support, the damage was done years ago Caisley , Hood and Omar the con. Get at them.
Well I think I could do a job here-at least I would show a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE which is sadly lacking here. Hardly think this will motivate a team (speaking from experience)
[quote][p][bold]rogerthat![/bold] wrote: If not Diskin who else could do the job at short notice? Only Robbie the spin or perhaps Duffer would fancy the Job. Get off Diskins back and try and give positive support, the damage was done years ago Caisley , Hood and Omar the con. Get at them.[/p][/quote]Well I think I could do a job here-at least I would show a POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE which is sadly lacking here. Hardly think this will motivate a team (speaking from experience) Videoref
  • Score: 5

9:26am Wed 18 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

It is very apparent that we need a NEW COACH NOW, if you want the fans to follow the team. No-one should be bigger than the Club.
It is very apparent that we need a NEW COACH NOW, if you want the fans to follow the team. No-one should be bigger than the Club. raisemeup
  • Score: 8

9:28am Wed 18 Jun 14

Videoref says...

CanaBull wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig.
Spot on and doesn't that say it all? No leadership on or off the pitch.
Do us a favour, drop yourself and give O'brian the starting spot.
[quote][p][bold]CanaBull[/bold] wrote: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig.[/p][/quote]Spot on and doesn't that say it all? No leadership on or off the pitch. Do us a favour, drop yourself and give O'brian the starting spot. Videoref
  • Score: 5

9:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

Mumby was the best says...

Hardly looks positive when he reluctantly agreed to take over as caretaker player-coach until the club make a permanent appointment. If you dont want it dont take it. As for airing your views on twitter thats stupid, as stupid as FC calling players pathetic (which he is right) in the press and not behind closed doors. The sooner a coach with passion and common sense takes over the better, all these public utterances by so called professionals is amatuerish.
Hardly looks positive when he reluctantly agreed to take over as caretaker player-coach until the club make a permanent appointment. If you dont want it dont take it. As for airing your views on twitter thats stupid, as stupid as FC calling players pathetic (which he is right) in the press and not behind closed doors. The sooner a coach with passion and common sense takes over the better, all these public utterances by so called professionals is amatuerish. Mumby was the best
  • Score: 2

10:11am Wed 18 Jun 14

bullybullman says...

Disco its the job of a coach to make sure players are motivated , trained & apply a game plan. The odd bad game the of 5 minute lapse fair enough but the squad under perform week in week out we have only seen 3 games this season where we have performed well for periods.

You have been protected by Franny & in all honesty any other coach would have not given you another contract so where I dont blame you feeling like this Franny has made some big mistakes.

Lets get to the end of this awful shocking campain & draw a close on all this you can move on & so can us supporters & next term we might just see a massive improved Championship Bulls side & you will fade into forgotten history.
Disco its the job of a coach to make sure players are motivated , trained & apply a game plan. The odd bad game the of 5 minute lapse fair enough but the squad under perform week in week out we have only seen 3 games this season where we have performed well for periods. You have been protected by Franny & in all honesty any other coach would have not given you another contract so where I dont blame you feeling like this Franny has made some big mistakes. Lets get to the end of this awful shocking campain & draw a close on all this you can move on & so can us supporters & next term we might just see a massive improved Championship Bulls side & you will fade into forgotten history. bullybullman
  • Score: 3

10:50am Wed 18 Jun 14

CanaBull says...

Videoref wrote:
CanaBull wrote:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig.
Spot on and doesn't that say it all? No leadership on or off the pitch.
Do us a favour, drop yourself and give O'brian the starting spot.
In my opinion this is the worst of the recent embarrassing knocks to the club.

FC knew his neck was on the block, he’s probably surprised he lasted this long; however, if Diskin was that upset about the decision to sack Franny, he should have shown a bit of class and resigned, not publically griped about reluctantly taking over for a time or criticised a decision the board had little choice but to make given recent events.

It says much about his commitment to the players and the club as well as his own integrity.

Not sure about Jimmy Lowes being the best long term TBH, but anyone who wants to come in and shake things up a bit is better than someone who doesn’t want to be in that position. Hopefully whoever does take reins benches Diskin for the rest of the season and doesn’t give him the satisfaction of sacking him.
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CanaBull[/bold] wrote: Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it the captain's job to assist the coach in implementing the game plans, both on the training pitch and come game time? Is he saying that he's reluctantly accepting the role because none of the players are good enough? Based on this little tantrum he should be carrying FC's bags to his next gig.[/p][/quote]Spot on and doesn't that say it all? No leadership on or off the pitch. Do us a favour, drop yourself and give O'brian the starting spot.[/p][/quote]In my opinion this is the worst of the recent embarrassing knocks to the club. FC knew his neck was on the block, he’s probably surprised he lasted this long; however, if Diskin was that upset about the decision to sack Franny, he should have shown a bit of class and resigned, not publically griped about reluctantly taking over for a time or criticised a decision the board had little choice but to make given recent events. It says much about his commitment to the players and the club as well as his own integrity. Not sure about Jimmy Lowes being the best long term TBH, but anyone who wants to come in and shake things up a bit is better than someone who doesn’t want to be in that position. Hopefully whoever does take reins benches Diskin for the rest of the season and doesn’t give him the satisfaction of sacking him. CanaBull
  • Score: 2

11:02am Wed 18 Jun 14

Aldbroughbull1 says...

Diskin does not want to be coach, then go man, go go go.!!!!!!,
Get out of Odsal and let us have a new coach asap even if he would do it for nowt ( Nobbie Noble ) he is not doing anything in Salford ,so get him in even if it is till the end of the season,
Diskin does not want to be coach, then go man, go go go.!!!!!!, Get out of Odsal and let us have a new coach asap even if he would do it for nowt ( Nobbie Noble ) he is not doing anything in Salford ,so get him in even if it is till the end of the season, Aldbroughbull1
  • Score: 1

11:47am Wed 18 Jun 14

nosher says...

Its attitude like diskins that makes me really want to pay £20 entrance fee on Friday night, when I can watch it for nowt at home.
Its attitude like diskins that makes me really want to pay £20 entrance fee on Friday night, when I can watch it for nowt at home. nosher
  • Score: 8

12:47pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
FC is his brother in law he's hardly gong to say sacking him was the right call regardless of whether it was or not
ITS DEFO not his brother in law. Not sure where it was made up years ago bt its not true. from the horses mouth
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: FC is his brother in law he's hardly gong to say sacking him was the right call regardless of whether it was or not[/p][/quote]ITS DEFO not his brother in law. Not sure where it was made up years ago bt its not true. from the horses mouth Loyalbull1981
  • Score: -2

1:43pm Wed 18 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Should stay away from twitter no matter what he thinks privately. Is he going to say to players"lets show them what we can do" on Friday. Someone posted average of 38points a game shipped in, so score more than that and we might win. My tip would be to play as many players in there recognised positions as possible. If he doesn't want to play use Obrian and Addey, move Gaskell to 6 with Kear at 1.
Should stay away from twitter no matter what he thinks privately. Is he going to say to players"lets show them what we can do" on Friday. Someone posted average of 38points a game shipped in, so score more than that and we might win. My tip would be to play as many players in there recognised positions as possible. If he doesn't want to play use Obrian and Addey, move Gaskell to 6 with Kear at 1. portugalbull
  • Score: 2

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