Bradford Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul admits: "This has been the longest week of my life."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Robbie Hunter-Paul Robbie Hunter-Paul

Bulls chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul has issued a statement confirming a number of cost-cutting measures have been made at the cash-strapped club.

At a fans forum last Wednesday, directors informed season-ticket holders that the club must slash £400,000 from its budgets over the coming 12 months in order to ensure survival.

A number of cost-cutting measures began this week, including staff redundancies, wage reductions - based on hours worked - and overall budget cuts.

Hunter-Paul also denied that the board has taken the decision to enforce a wage cut across the first-team.

“This has been the longest week of my life but ultimately important for the club’s future,” said Hunter-Paul.

“It is a really sensitive time for all as we have had to deal with some uncomfortable realities.

"Last week we explained to supporters, face to face, at a fans' forum, that as a business we needed to make some tough decisions which would result in job losses in order to secure the club’s long-term future.

“It has been well documented that the current board found themselves working with inherited budgets, set on unrealistic financial projections that were simply not reflective of where the club currently stands.

“Surprisingly there was a fair amount of misinterpretation from members of the media this week, suggesting the board had ‘told players they would need to take a wage cut’.

“That was completely untrue. The truth was that it was suggested, by members of staff, that before the necessary cuts were made could the board ask all business units mangers and staff – that were higher earners – to take a ten per-cent wage cut. That included me, as CEO.

"As a business it was not embraced across the business and so the other measures were implemented.

"The streamlining process, which is designed to cut costs and reduce the unrealistic budgets set by the previous administrators, is now underway.

"The process is ongoing here but at this stage there has been no player movement whatsoever and Francis Cummins' squad is continuing to prepare for Super League XIX."

As it stands, head coach Cummins' roster remains fully intact ahead of the new season.

However, given the club's current financial position, future talks with regards to players being transferred elsewhere are not being ruled out by Bulls officials.

Hunter-Paul continued: "As we have already stated, we simply are not in a position to discount potential discussions with other clubs but as of yet we have had no approaches.

"The facts are that the majority of clubs in our division have also spent up to their respective salary cap limits or have no overseas quota spots available.

"We believe it is important for our major stakeholders, the supporters, to understand the club's position.

"We have found ourselves here for reasons which we have already disclosed and we are taking the necessary steps to put things right.

"However, we are not standing still. This has been a major untangling process but we are moving forward.

"We are constantly communicating with our media partners, while driving our message through various media channels.

"And we are continuing to drive our community re-engagement efforts, via our BELONG campaign and most recently our Christmas Charity Appeal.

"Commercially, we are now heading the right direction and, come the New Year, we will be in a position to formally unveil a brand-new portfolio of major partnerships."

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7:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

handoff says...

Good, meaty piece of communication. The way I see it, the only way I can influence matters is by choosing to support the club or not. I choose to, and by doing so become part of the solution.
If people choose not to, so be it. Just don't come onto this forum and whine.
COYB
Good, meaty piece of communication. The way I see it, the only way I can influence matters is by choosing to support the club or not. I choose to, and by doing so become part of the solution. If people choose not to, so be it. Just don't come onto this forum and whine. COYB handoff

7:48pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Scrouge says...

We'll said Robbie. What exactly have you done to save £400,000.00
And pay back the Council loan £200,000.00 and Omar's loan .
Statement full of waffle no detail,big earners will not be of payroll.
We'll said Robbie. What exactly have you done to save £400,000.00 And pay back the Council loan £200,000.00 and Omar's loan . Statement full of waffle no detail,big earners will not be of payroll. Scrouge

7:49pm Fri 13 Dec 13

danger mouse says...

Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-(
Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-( danger mouse

7:51pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

It took years for City to get out of a financial hell hole without any money from the council. I wonder if the Bulls can manage that because seeing as they have had yet another handout of £200k, the ratepayers will be asking questions if they do it again.
It took years for City to get out of a financial hell hole without any money from the council. I wonder if the Bulls can manage that because seeing as they have had yet another handout of £200k, the ratepayers will be asking questions if they do it again. Papa Smurfs Wig

7:58pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

Looks like London are saved now and will need a few players. Losing four or five of ours should sort out our short term problems.
Looks like London are saved now and will need a few players. Losing four or five of ours should sort out our short term problems. bradfordbronco

8:14pm Fri 13 Dec 13

portugalbull says...

danger mouse wrote:
Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-(
If you can read "Cummins squad intact" so looks like Carvel s staying.
Not saying that any future offers won't be accepted but at this time only London short of players and they have no money, so only saving would be on wages.
[quote][p][bold]danger mouse[/bold] wrote: Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-([/p][/quote]If you can read "Cummins squad intact" so looks like Carvel s staying. Not saying that any future offers won't be accepted but at this time only London short of players and they have no money, so only saving would be on wages. portugalbull

8:15pm Fri 13 Dec 13

eadwager says...

handoff wrote:
Good, meaty piece of communication. The way I see it, the only way I can influence matters is by choosing to support the club or not. I choose to, and by doing so become part of the solution.
If people choose not to, so be it. Just don't come onto this forum and whine.
COYB
I agree it is the only thing we can do this time.
[quote][p][bold]handoff[/bold] wrote: Good, meaty piece of communication. The way I see it, the only way I can influence matters is by choosing to support the club or not. I choose to, and by doing so become part of the solution. If people choose not to, so be it. Just don't come onto this forum and whine. COYB[/p][/quote]I agree it is the only thing we can do this time. eadwager

8:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

tinytoonster says...

"We believe it is important for our major stakeholders, the supporters, to understand the club's position.
funny that because other day they were last on list of priorities!
typical B.S
"We believe it is important for our major stakeholders, the supporters, to understand the club's position. funny that because other day they were last on list of priorities! typical B.S tinytoonster

12:06am Sat 14 Dec 13

danger mouse says...

portugalbull wrote:
danger mouse wrote:
Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-(
If you can read "Cummins squad intact" so looks like Carvel s staying.
Not saying that any future offers won't be accepted but at this time only London short of players and they have no money, so only saving would be on wages.
I can read, I just take what comes out of Odsal and what is written in the T&A with a pinch of salt!!
[quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]danger mouse[/bold] wrote: Not sure how up to date this story is because I've read on another forum that Carvel has left the club! I hope it's nonsense but if we manage to retain the majority of the squad it will be a miracle....sad times being a Bully :-([/p][/quote]If you can read "Cummins squad intact" so looks like Carvel s staying. Not saying that any future offers won't be accepted but at this time only London short of players and they have no money, so only saving would be on wages.[/p][/quote]I can read, I just take what comes out of Odsal and what is written in the T&A with a pinch of salt!! danger mouse

6:04am Sat 14 Dec 13

fedupwiththeBS says...

One question that has been asked in the last few days is who actually owns the Club?
Omar allegedly signed it over to Moore and Shortcut but has not received his agreed payment for it so if that is the case is he not still the owner?

There has been no mention of the transfer of shares and he is the major if not only share holder in OK Bulls so at worst he is the majority share holder in the the Club.

This is all a complete mess and we are running out of time to sort it.

Come on T&A for once do some impartial investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this.
One question that has been asked in the last few days is who actually owns the Club? Omar allegedly signed it over to Moore and Shortcut but has not received his agreed payment for it so if that is the case is he not still the owner? There has been no mention of the transfer of shares and he is the major if not only share holder in OK Bulls so at worst he is the majority share holder in the the Club. This is all a complete mess and we are running out of time to sort it. Come on T&A for once do some impartial investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this. fedupwiththeBS

8:11am Sat 14 Dec 13

rogerthat! says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
One question that has been asked in the last few days is who actually owns the Club?
Omar allegedly signed it over to Moore and Shortcut but has not received his agreed payment for it so if that is the case is he not still the owner?

There has been no mention of the transfer of shares and he is the major if not only share holder in OK Bulls so at worst he is the majority share holder in the the Club.

This is all a complete mess and we are running out of time to sort it.

Come on T&A for once do some impartial investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this.
AGREE. We do not know the full facts. Who does own the Club?
Robbie is an employee on the payroll but acts like the OWNER.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: One question that has been asked in the last few days is who actually owns the Club? Omar allegedly signed it over to Moore and Shortcut but has not received his agreed payment for it so if that is the case is he not still the owner? There has been no mention of the transfer of shares and he is the major if not only share holder in OK Bulls so at worst he is the majority share holder in the the Club. This is all a complete mess and we are running out of time to sort it. Come on T&A for once do some impartial investigative journalism and get to the bottom of this.[/p][/quote]AGREE. We do not know the full facts. Who does own the Club? Robbie is an employee on the payroll but acts like the OWNER. rogerthat!

9:49am Sat 14 Dec 13

mines a pint says...

I read in another article (which we are not allowed to comment on) that there has been an imposed 20%budget cut on all departments except playing staff

Included in this is conferencing & banqueting

Now as everyone knows 14 games a year can not cover the operating costs of the club

The current directors have spoke a lot about the untapped potential of the non playing side of club a significant part of that being using the coral stand considerably more which does not seem to stack up when cuts have been made to a department that was already significantly failing

I attending an event in the coral stand this summer and was disgusted at the service received. Most of the beers were not available there was a distinct lack of drinks for the ladies Not that any of that mattered as there was only one bar staff serving an audience of around 250

This was not a one of as a colleague attended another event later in the year and the story was just the same

Seems to be that cuts have been applied unilaterally without considering the full impact on the business and its ability to generate more revenue

Whilst I have bought my season ticket for next year I would not dram of attending another function in the coral stand unless significant improvement is made
I read in another article (which we are not allowed to comment on) that there has been an imposed 20%budget cut on all departments except playing staff Included in this is conferencing & banqueting Now as everyone knows 14 games a year can not cover the operating costs of the club The current directors have spoke a lot about the untapped potential of the non playing side of club a significant part of that being using the coral stand considerably more which does not seem to stack up when cuts have been made to a department that was already significantly failing I attending an event in the coral stand this summer and was disgusted at the service received. Most of the beers were not available there was a distinct lack of drinks for the ladies Not that any of that mattered as there was only one bar staff serving an audience of around 250 This was not a one of as a colleague attended another event later in the year and the story was just the same Seems to be that cuts have been applied unilaterally without considering the full impact on the business and its ability to generate more revenue Whilst I have bought my season ticket for next year I would not dram of attending another function in the coral stand unless significant improvement is made mines a pint

4:14pm Sat 14 Dec 13

raisemeup says...

I understand that the stewardship and catering for the Bars, at the stadium,has been franchised out to a Stadia catering organisation.
Whether that is for all the catering, i don't know. But if it is like the deal done by Bradford City that generated them £1.4 million it would certainly be a useful deal..think that is probably a bridge too far. But hopefully we won't see the poor beer and spirits situation again once this company gets going.
This was said by Mark Moore on the Wednesday volunteers evening.
But it wasn't clear whether the Coral stand was included.
I understand that the stewardship and catering for the Bars, at the stadium,has been franchised out to a Stadia catering organisation. Whether that is for all the catering, i don't know. But if it is like the deal done by Bradford City that generated them £1.4 million it would certainly be a useful deal..think that is probably a bridge too far. But hopefully we won't see the poor beer and spirits situation again once this company gets going. This was said by Mark Moore on the Wednesday volunteers evening. But it wasn't clear whether the Coral stand was included. raisemeup

4:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Lythambull says...

Nice to see we can't comment directly on Ross's hatchet job from this morning. IT WASNT JUST THE PLAYERS BUT ALL SENIOR AND HIGHER EARNERS THAT BETWEEN THEM FORWENT THE TEN PERCENT CUT!!
This mornings article implies that the wealthy and pampered stars of the playing staff would not deign to help out others at the club. Hardly fair and balanced is it Mr Heppenstall??
Nice to see we can't comment directly on Ross's hatchet job from this morning. IT WASNT JUST THE PLAYERS BUT ALL SENIOR AND HIGHER EARNERS THAT BETWEEN THEM FORWENT THE TEN PERCENT CUT!! This mornings article implies that the wealthy and pampered stars of the playing staff would not deign to help out others at the club. Hardly fair and balanced is it Mr Heppenstall?? Lythambull

4:37am Sun 15 Dec 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I hear that Moore gave Ross a full statement on the status of the Bulls which included an indepth insight into how the club had been run by OK & Whitcut. This however was rejected by the T&A and never printed, with the T&A goibg with OK's legal action story. Since then a major fallout with the club and the T&A has taken place which is why many stories are having comments removed, no comments at all and why what happened at the fans forum wasn't even reported in this paper.
Most of the stories at present are simply rehashes of what is posted on the Bulls website.
I hear that Moore gave Ross a full statement on the status of the Bulls which included an indepth insight into how the club had been run by OK & Whitcut. This however was rejected by the T&A and never printed, with the T&A goibg with OK's legal action story. Since then a major fallout with the club and the T&A has taken place which is why many stories are having comments removed, no comments at all and why what happened at the fans forum wasn't even reported in this paper. Most of the stories at present are simply rehashes of what is posted on the Bulls website. Thee Voice of Reason

4:23pm Sun 15 Dec 13

bradfordbronco says...

TVOR is correct. I take everything Ross reports on with a great deal of scepticism. He regularly copies articles from other sources and seems to put an anti Bulls bias on every headline.
TVOR is correct. I take everything Ross reports on with a great deal of scepticism. He regularly copies articles from other sources and seems to put an anti Bulls bias on every headline. bradfordbronco

1:57pm Mon 16 Dec 13

bullybullman says...

Certain members of staff who turned down the pay cut have agreed to reduce their working hours which in turn reduces wages. This is a drop in the ocean though and it is only a matter of days befre the exodus begins with players.

Robbie is doing himself & the club no favors with his high & mighty attidue & once again I would ask what has he brought to the party since he came back on board.
Certain members of staff who turned down the pay cut have agreed to reduce their working hours which in turn reduces wages. This is a drop in the ocean though and it is only a matter of days befre the exodus begins with players. Robbie is doing himself & the club no favors with his high & mighty attidue & once again I would ask what has he brought to the party since he came back on board. bullybullman

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