Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins says he would never have recruited in summer if he had known severity of situation

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: HERE WE GO AGAIN! Francis Cummins was unveiled as Bulls coach in September, 2012 after the club survived administration. He must be feeling an unsettling sense of deja vu after this new cash crisis HERE WE GO AGAIN! Francis Cummins was unveiled as Bulls coach in September, 2012 after the club survived administration. He must be feeling an unsettling sense of deja vu after this new cash crisis

The Bulls’ training ground at Tong was its usual hive of activity as Francis Cummins’ players were served lunch on Tuesday.

Matt Diskin was talking about leadership and his responsibilities as club captain.

Academy graduates such as Sam Wood, Adam O’Brien, Alex Mellor and Oliver Roberts looked ready to step up to the next level.

Numerous specialist backroom staff were on hand to provide an unprecedented level of care to Cummins’ men.

Everything looked geared up for the Bulls to kick on in 2014.

Sadly for Cummins, the club’s latest financial crisis threatens to undermine the foundations that have been laid during pre-season.

It could dictate that the Bulls coach is not only forced to shed staff but players too.

“We’ve got a few concerns at the moment,” said Cummins.

“It’s frustrating and unfortunately we’re going to have to take another step back to go forward.

“The quality within the squad is better than last year and the numbers are probably greater because the young lads are a year older now.

“Although we’re staring down a barrel, my staff in particular have been absolutely fantastic.

“They have been really professional and worked so hard for the players, which is testament to the character of them all.”

Cummins himself deserves immense credit for the way he has handled the situation.

The Bulls coach, a positive person by nature, spoke with passion and honesty about the situation to supporters at last week’s fans forum.

Let it be remembered that Cummins served the Bulls for three months on a voluntary basis alongside Mick Potter after the entire coaching staff were made redundant during the tumultuous 2012 campaign.

Cummins said: “I’ve had a bit of a rough run haven’t I? But it could be worse – I could not have a job and I’ve experienced that as well.

“I’m very much of the mindset that there will be an easier time but we’re just going to have to fight through this one and get to where we need to get to.

“It’s not easy and I’ve had to have conversations with people saying ‘this is the situation and maybe you’re going to have to listen to some of these offers’.

“You don’t want that as a coach – I don’t want anybody in this team to go.

“If I did, they would have gone already. It’s disappointing in that I’ve almost invited some of these players into this environment.

“But I wouldn’t have brought anyone in if I had known the situation that was around the corner.”

While cuts are highly likely in Cummins’ backroom team, the Bulls coach stressed that the club must play things very carefully with regards to their current playing staff.

“In terms of the backroom staff, there are things we have been trying to get sorted in the past few days, so we’ll see how that pans out – but you can’t cut players,” he said.

“There is a waiting game going on with players with regards to London Broncos.

“Some clubs could push players there and then try and come in for ours.

“It’s not a massive market – let’s not pretend there are loads of players and loads of clubs.

“Most clubs have reached their spending limit anyway.”

Quite how Cummins’ squad will look heading into the season-opener at home to Castleford on February 16 is anyone’s guess.

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11:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

axelf1963 says...

This is NOT the bulls training ground

They pay rent and are well behind
Sing along Sheff and Raise

Vikings no money
Vikings no players
What a joke of a man he really is
This is NOT the bulls training ground They pay rent and are well behind Sing along Sheff and Raise Vikings no money Vikings no players What a joke of a man he really is axelf1963

4:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

Ahrmen Aleg says...

axelf1963 wrote:
This is NOT the bulls training ground

They pay rent and are well behind
Sing along Sheff and Raise

Vikings no money
Vikings no players
What a joke of a man he really is
Why don't you give it a rest.

Viking is humiliated and grounded.

He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years.

You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: This is NOT the bulls training ground They pay rent and are well behind Sing along Sheff and Raise Vikings no money Vikings no players What a joke of a man he really is[/p][/quote]Why don't you give it a rest. Viking is humiliated and grounded. He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years. You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford. Ahrmen Aleg

4:55am Fri 13 Dec 13

Ahrmen Aleg says...

Ahrmen Aleg wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
This is NOT the bulls training ground

They pay rent and are well behind
Sing along Sheff and Raise

Vikings no money
Vikings no players
What a joke of a man he really is
Why don't you give it a rest.

Viking is humiliated and grounded.

He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years.

You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford.
Looks like OK and RW could not even tell the truth to their coach.
[quote][p][bold]Ahrmen Aleg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: This is NOT the bulls training ground They pay rent and are well behind Sing along Sheff and Raise Vikings no money Vikings no players What a joke of a man he really is[/p][/quote]Why don't you give it a rest. Viking is humiliated and grounded. He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years. You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford.[/p][/quote]Looks like OK and RW could not even tell the truth to their coach. Ahrmen Aleg

7:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

Scrouge says...

Ahrmen Aleg wrote:
Ahrmen Aleg wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
This is NOT the bulls training ground

They pay rent and are well behind
Sing along Sheff and Raise

Vikings no money
Vikings no players
What a joke of a man he really is
Why don't you give it a rest.

Viking is humiliated and grounded.

He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years.

You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford.
Looks like OK and RW could not even tell the truth to their coach.
Who is kidding who Mr Cummins. Does RHP or the Directors not speak to the Coach as he seems to be on a different Planet when he thinks he can add more Players. We are Skint are we not.
[quote][p][bold]Ahrmen Aleg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ahrmen Aleg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: This is NOT the bulls training ground They pay rent and are well behind Sing along Sheff and Raise Vikings no money Vikings no players What a joke of a man he really is[/p][/quote]Why don't you give it a rest. Viking is humiliated and grounded. He has been stupid to be taken in but not as stupid as the Bulls financial management for years. You are right,The Bulls own nothing except the contracts of players they cannot afford.[/p][/quote]Looks like OK and RW could not even tell the truth to their coach.[/p][/quote]Who is kidding who Mr Cummins. Does RHP or the Directors not speak to the Coach as he seems to be on a different Planet when he thinks he can add more Players. We are Skint are we not. Scrouge

4:42pm Sun 15 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

axelf1963 wrote:
This is NOT the bulls training ground

They pay rent and are well behind
Sing along Sheff and Raise

Vikings no money
Vikings no players
What a joke of a man he really is
Have you got some kind of obsession with Viking? The more you go on at him the more stupid and small minded you look.

I'm not sure who's job it is to sign players. But most supporters would have expected us to be well below the salary cap last year and this year. The fact we aren't needs addressing. Cummings should have warned the board earlier about over spending. The board should have been cautioning Cummings likewisw. We did well getting shut of Langley, Platt and Bateman. Think Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein and Gaskell were good signings but did we really need Luke George, Adam Henry and Ben Evans? We should have been more realistic.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: This is NOT the bulls training ground They pay rent and are well behind Sing along Sheff and Raise Vikings no money Vikings no players What a joke of a man he really is[/p][/quote]Have you got some kind of obsession with Viking? The more you go on at him the more stupid and small minded you look. I'm not sure who's job it is to sign players. But most supporters would have expected us to be well below the salary cap last year and this year. The fact we aren't needs addressing. Cummings should have warned the board earlier about over spending. The board should have been cautioning Cummings likewisw. We did well getting shut of Langley, Platt and Bateman. Think Carvell, Ferguson, Winterstein and Gaskell were good signings but did we really need Luke George, Adam Henry and Ben Evans? We should have been more realistic. bradfordbronco

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