Positive talks a big deal for Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: CUMMINS: Optimistic that uncertainty can be put to bed CUMMINS: Optimistic that uncertainty can be put to bed

Bulls coach Francis Cummins last night spoke of his hope that a long-awaited breakthrough over the club’s ownership was finally in sight after yesterday’s positive talks.

RLF bosses met owner Omar Khan and his legal representatives along with director Ian Watt and former chairman Mark Moore, which led to a club announcement that an agreement had been reached “in principle” over its ownership.

Although no deal has yet been signed, Cummins is cautiously optimistic it will be rubber-stamped shortly to finally resolve the Bulls’ future and end the continued uncertainty surrounding the club.

The head coach, who spoke to the club’s directors last night, said: “Hopefully it can be signed and sealed as soon as possible so we can put all the issues over who owns the club and who is running it to bed.

“We don’t need to keep seeing headlines and uncertainty which only spooks people, especially after what we have been through as a club in the last couple of years.

“A deal looks like it has been agreed, so hopefully they can now properly move the club on and start generating some money.”

The Bulls made a number of Cummins’ backroom staff redundant or significantly reduced their hours during a wave of cuts last month.

It was announced that savings of up to £400,000 had to be made but, to date, former Widnes forward Frank Winterstein is the only player to have left Cummins’ squad.

Warrington youngsters James Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker this week joined the Bulls on four-week loan deals but Cummins is keen to bolster his small squad further with the new season little over a month away.

 

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9:20am Fri 10 Jan 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Good news - onward & upward COYB!!!!!
Good news - onward & upward COYB!!!!! Solomon Grundy

12:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

This is the most ridiculous thing im going to say but im going to
I wonder if there is the slightest chance we could Scott Moore in???
Might get him on a small contract??
Sorry like I said ridiculous I know
This is the most ridiculous thing im going to say but im going to I wonder if there is the slightest chance we could Scott Moore in??? Might get him on a small contract?? Sorry like I said ridiculous I know THEMANOFSTEEL

1:27pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Wobblyhead says...

RuthRBaldwin wrote:
my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was 17006 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com
Does she want to be a director at the Bulls?
[quote][p][bold]RuthRBaldwin[/bold] wrote: my roomate's mom makes 67 Dollar an hour on the internet. She has been fired from work for eight months but last month her pay was 17006 Dollar just working on the internet for a few hours. this website... www.Day37.com[/p][/quote]Does she want to be a director at the Bulls? Wobblyhead

7:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Mike Strutter says...

Top 8 for Franny or he's sacked
Top 8 for Franny or he's sacked Mike Strutter

7:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

expatbull says...

cracking comment from Robbie Paul, seems like T@A missed it,
BRADFORD BULLS chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul has this evening paid tribute to the continual backing from the club's true supporters.

Last night an agreement was reached over the club's ownership, enabling Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert to direct the Bulls into a new era of professional rugby league in Bradford.

And Hunter-Paul has since spoken of his intent to drive the club towards a successful future alongside former chairman Mark Moore, who like Mr Watt and Mr Calvert is continuing to operate within the club for the benefit of supporters, staff and partners alike.

In a statement, ex-Bulls and Super League star Hunter-Paul said: "I have always been a pint half-full kind of person – I am an eternal optimist – and as testing as the past few weeks have been I have remained confident that all stakeholders were working, and negotiating, with the club's best interests at heart.

"Last night we issued a statement which revealed that an agreement had been reached, in principal.

"The devil is in the detail, which is being pieced together as we speak, and should come to a conclusion, hopefully, very soon.

"Following yesterday's outcome we can now focus on the running of this famous club, without distraction. It allows us to continue working towards getting this club back to where it belongs.

"We are very aware of the obstacles which lie ahead of us and we know a tough season is on the horizon.

"However, we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to it. Everyone is giving everything and will continue to do so.

"I must pay tribute, though, to Francis Cummins, his staff and our fantastic playing squad who have been absolutely magnificent throughout this difficult period.

"Francis' squad is ready for battle against Hull FC next weekend and my appetite has certainly been whetted, as I am sure has the fans'.

"I am looking forward to welcoming back my former teammate, Lee Radford, who is about to take charge of his first-ever game as head coach of the Black and Whites.

"Hats off must also go to our commercial and media staff, who have conducted themselves brilliantly in spite of trying circumstances behind the scenes.

"Next week, the hard work will come to the fore as we announce a host of exciting partnerships ahead of the new season. Together, in terms of sponsorship, they make for the highest-value playing jersey in the history of Bradford Bulls.

"Finally I would like to thank the Bulls faithful, who have stood by us despite the constant negativity which has been generated by certain sectors of the media.

"Despite whatever has been thrown their way, the true Bulls supporters have shown their mettle and that is something I am proud of and am thankful of."

Supporters are advised to stay tuned to the Bulls' key media channels over the coming days for news of a number of exciting announcements.
LOVE THE PIECE RE NEGATIVE MEDIA REPORTS
cracking comment from Robbie Paul, seems like T@A missed it, BRADFORD BULLS chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul has this evening paid tribute to the continual backing from the club's true supporters. Last night an agreement was reached over the club's ownership, enabling Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert to direct the Bulls into a new era of professional rugby league in Bradford. And Hunter-Paul has since spoken of his intent to drive the club towards a successful future alongside former chairman Mark Moore, who like Mr Watt and Mr Calvert is continuing to operate within the club for the benefit of supporters, staff and partners alike. In a statement, ex-Bulls and Super League star Hunter-Paul said: "I have always been a pint half-full kind of person – I am an eternal optimist – and as testing as the past few weeks have been I have remained confident that all stakeholders were working, and negotiating, with the club's best interests at heart. "Last night we issued a statement which revealed that an agreement had been reached, in principal. "The devil is in the detail, which is being pieced together as we speak, and should come to a conclusion, hopefully, very soon. "Following yesterday's outcome we can now focus on the running of this famous club, without distraction. It allows us to continue working towards getting this club back to where it belongs. "We are very aware of the obstacles which lie ahead of us and we know a tough season is on the horizon. "However, we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to it. Everyone is giving everything and will continue to do so. "I must pay tribute, though, to Francis Cummins, his staff and our fantastic playing squad who have been absolutely magnificent throughout this difficult period. "Francis' squad is ready for battle against Hull FC next weekend and my appetite has certainly been whetted, as I am sure has the fans'. "I am looking forward to welcoming back my former teammate, Lee Radford, who is about to take charge of his first-ever game as head coach of the Black and Whites. "Hats off must also go to our commercial and media staff, who have conducted themselves brilliantly in spite of trying circumstances behind the scenes. "Next week, the hard work will come to the fore as we announce a host of exciting partnerships ahead of the new season. Together, in terms of sponsorship, they make for the highest-value playing jersey in the history of Bradford Bulls. "Finally I would like to thank the Bulls faithful, who have stood by us despite the constant negativity which has been generated by certain sectors of the media. "Despite whatever has been thrown their way, the true Bulls supporters have shown their mettle and that is something I am proud of and am thankful of." Supporters are advised to stay tuned to the Bulls' key media channels over the coming days for news of a number of exciting announcements. LOVE THE PIECE RE NEGATIVE MEDIA REPORTS expatbull

11:37pm Sun 12 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Mike Strutter wrote:
Top 8 for Franny or he's sacked
Well that was the most thought out and persuasive argument I've ever read. Who is this great philosopher in our midst. Mike "Aristotle" Strutter. I look forward to reading other enlightened comments in the future
[quote][p][bold]Mike Strutter[/bold] wrote: Top 8 for Franny or he's sacked[/p][/quote]Well that was the most thought out and persuasive argument I've ever read. Who is this great philosopher in our midst. Mike "Aristotle" Strutter. I look forward to reading other enlightened comments in the future bradfordbronco

1:20pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

THEMANOFSTEEL wrote:
This is the most ridiculous thing im going to say but im going to
I wonder if there is the slightest chance we could Scott Moore in???
Might get him on a small contract??
Sorry like I said ridiculous I know
Are you mad? We still need to lose a couple of players and stick to our budgets in future
[quote][p][bold]THEMANOFSTEEL[/bold] wrote: This is the most ridiculous thing im going to say but im going to I wonder if there is the slightest chance we could Scott Moore in??? Might get him on a small contract?? Sorry like I said ridiculous I know[/p][/quote]Are you mad? We still need to lose a couple of players and stick to our budgets in future bradfordbronco

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