Ownership saga nearing ‘closure’ says Bradford Bulls chief Mark Moore

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Mark Moore is confident a deal to secure ownership of the Bulls will be completed before the new season as he thanked Omar Khan for “helping us to get to a conclusion”.

On Thursday, January 9, talks aimed at finding a resolution to the long-running saga led to the Bulls issuing a statement which said an agreement had been reached in principle over the club’s ownership.

It is understood the deal would see Khan transfer his majority shareholding to Moore and directors Ian Watt and Andrew Calvert.

Moore resigned as a director last month but said he continues to act as chairman and would rejoin the board after “closure” had been reached on the ownership issue.

The BedzRus owner, who spoke of a five-year plan for the club, was joined by Watt at the Bulls’ pre-season media day yesterday.

Moore said: “Firstly, we’ll have to say thank you to Omar and Gerry (Sutcliffe) for actually helping us get to a conclusion with the situation.

“At the moment, the documents are going through the legal process, and there are quite a lot of solicitors involved. But we’re hoping before Super League starts those contracts will be signed and the shares are then issued to the relevant people that’s been agreed to.

“It should take about a week or so for that to be finalised. We just need closure now because there have been a lot of sleepless nights.

“Even on Christmas Day and Boxing Day we were in talks and meetings. It’s been a constant thing for last two or three months. But a week last Thursday we got over the line.”

Moore said the club had continued to run as normal despite the lingering uncertainty.

A number of sponsorship agreements were announced last week and Francis Cummins’ side recorded an encouraging friendly win over Hull FC on Sunday.

Moore added: “The supporters should start coming back and that will help us massively from a cashflow point of view. However, from the business side of things we still need patience.

“We still need three to six months to get this turned around. We’re starting to see light at the end of the tunnel – it’s only small at the moment but we have a plan in place to see that light.”

Watt said that while there were no plans to lose any more players, the prospect of dispensing with the training facility at Tong had been considered among the cost-saving options.

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10:42am Tue 21 Jan 14

Old Dave says...

Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has.
Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell.

The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly.
I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right!
Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has. Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell. The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly. I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right! Old Dave
  • Score: 38

12:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Bullmaniac says...

Old Dave wrote:
Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has. Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell. The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly. I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right!
This has to be one of the best comments posted on the T&A site regarding the Bulls. Totally agree that this coming season is about survival - I personally feel we have a first choice 17 that can upset quite a few of the top teams, however injuries WILL happen and when they do we will lack the strength in depth to cope with even beating the likes of Castleford or London IMHO.
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has. Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell. The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly. I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right![/p][/quote]This has to be one of the best comments posted on the T&A site regarding the Bulls. Totally agree that this coming season is about survival - I personally feel we have a first choice 17 that can upset quite a few of the top teams, however injuries WILL happen and when they do we will lack the strength in depth to cope with even beating the likes of Castleford or London IMHO. Bullmaniac
  • Score: -3

2:44pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Old Dave says...

why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?
why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear? Old Dave
  • Score: 10

3:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sheffieldbull says...

Old Dave wrote:
why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?
Probably because they wallow in the more negative articles about the Bulls, of which, unfortunately, there has been too many of late. Never fear, the moment they scent trouble they'll be scurrying to their keyboards to inform us that they 'told us so' - 20/20 vision in hindsight, it's a wonderful thing!
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?[/p][/quote]Probably because they wallow in the more negative articles about the Bulls, of which, unfortunately, there has been too many of late. Never fear, the moment they scent trouble they'll be scurrying to their keyboards to inform us that they 'told us so' - 20/20 vision in hindsight, it's a wonderful thing! Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 10

4:29pm Tue 21 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

Sheffieldbull wrote:
Old Dave wrote:
why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?
Probably because they wallow in the more negative articles about the Bulls, of which, unfortunately, there has been too many of late. Never fear, the moment they scent trouble they'll be scurrying to their keyboards to inform us that they 'told us so' - 20/20 vision in hindsight, it's a wonderful thing!
Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment.

a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory extraneous, or off-topic messages.

none of that describes someone who as an opinion on a club in his own town that affects him.
you have your opinion and when someone says something you do not agree with they are TROLLS?
i hope this is a corner turned for the bulls but if you think all the things said about the whole saga are off topic or lies prove it.
old dave does a great comment and then spoils it by adding the 2nd comment.
[quote][p][bold]Sheffieldbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?[/p][/quote]Probably because they wallow in the more negative articles about the Bulls, of which, unfortunately, there has been too many of late. Never fear, the moment they scent trouble they'll be scurrying to their keyboards to inform us that they 'told us so' - 20/20 vision in hindsight, it's a wonderful thing![/p][/quote]Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment. a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people by posting inflammatory extraneous, or off-topic messages. none of that describes someone who as an opinion on a club in his own town that affects him. you have your opinion and when someone says something you do not agree with they are TROLLS? i hope this is a corner turned for the bulls but if you think all the things said about the whole saga are off topic or lies prove it. old dave does a great comment and then spoils it by adding the 2nd comment. tinytoonster
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4:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

tinytoonster says...

Old Dave wrote:
why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?
maybe at work?
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: why is it when sensible people start posting things that are reasonably put, the trolls and usual nay sayers on here disappear?[/p][/quote]maybe at work? tinytoonster
  • Score: -4

5:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Pablo says...

Old Dave wrote:
Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has.
Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell.

The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly.
I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right!
Yes, spot on.

Financially, the club is still in a fragile state. I'm not sure how many (paid for) season tickets have been sold. Not many, I'd guess. A good start, with an increasing number of cash paying customers coming through the turnstiles is vital. Similarly, good fortune by avoiding injuries, will be key to success on the pitch.

One bright aspect is that, despite the squabbling regarding ownership issues, the playing staff's morale has remained high.

I'll not build my hopes up, because being the Bulls, you never know what's around the corner!
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: Moore said on look North last night that the club were not out of the woods yet, and Franny said he was glad to get to this point with the players he has. Lets get the ownership sorted and then look again seem to be the message. A few decent sponsorship deals are coming through, and it looks like the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnell. The next step is to get people to realise that success this year is survival. Both on and off the field. Finishing 12th this year means job done - not 8th! avoid relegation, stay in Superleague. off the field it means cutting their cloth accordingly. I've heard many people on here, and on other forums saying Bradford deserves a Superleague team. Well, lets get off our behinds and prove it. If we deserve it, it will be there, but we have no divine right![/p][/quote]Yes, spot on. Financially, the club is still in a fragile state. I'm not sure how many (paid for) season tickets have been sold. Not many, I'd guess. A good start, with an increasing number of cash paying customers coming through the turnstiles is vital. Similarly, good fortune by avoiding injuries, will be key to success on the pitch. One bright aspect is that, despite the squabbling regarding ownership issues, the playing staff's morale has remained high. I'll not build my hopes up, because being the Bulls, you never know what's around the corner! Pablo
  • Score: -5

6:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

A650 says...

The sooner the deal is done between Khan and the new directors the sooner people will consider buying season tickets (who haven't already).
The sooner the deal is done between Khan and the new directors the sooner people will consider buying season tickets (who haven't already). A650
  • Score: -2

1:18am Thu 23 Jan 14

Ahrmen Aleg says...

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