We have been punished enough, says Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: DEJA VU: Sunday’s loss against Castleford evoked painful memories for Bulls coach Francis Cummins of the hammering by Hull in similar circumstances in 2012 DEJA VU: Sunday’s loss against Castleford evoked painful memories for Bulls coach Francis Cummins of the hammering by Hull in similar circumstances in 2012

Bulls coach Francis Cummins is hoping club psychiatrist Allan Johnston will help his players overcome their off-field difficulties as they begin the countdown to the new season.

Cummins, preparing for his second season as a head coach, fears the continuing uncertainty over the crisis-hit Bulls is starting to affect his players as they eye their opening First Utility Super League match against Castleford on Sunday week.

Bradford are reeling from their 66-10 home defeat by Cas at Odsal on Sunday, only 48 hours after announcing a change of ownership.

That brought back unhappy memories for Cummins, who was assistant to Mick Potter in September 2012 when the team suffered a 70-6 mauling by Hull, just days after a successful takeover.

“Unfortunately, it’s happened again,” said Cummins. “We get new owners after coming out of admin and we get pumped in the first game.

“I’ve got a psychiatrist who works with us and maybe he’s got to look at emotionally where we were because we didn’t really turn up yesterday.

“It’s an important part of the game. We are always looking for advantages to try to move on.”

Cummins, who was among a host of players and staff made redundant in the summer of 2012 at the height of the club’s initial crisis, is bracing himself for a possible points deduction after the club briefly went into administration in order to push through a change of ownership.

The club’s new directors are due to meet with the RFL later this week to explain their position as the governing body determines whether or not to impose sanctions.

Bradford are already operating on 50 per cent of central funding as part of the deal to secure their position in Super League two years ago and Cummins argues that the club have been punished enough.

“I suppose you’ve just got to treat it like all the other things we’ve had to deal with in the last little while,” he said. “It’s out of my hands. I can’t affect that.

“You rely on the game and the club coming to some agreement. We were in a tough position – not that they should be lenient because of that – but I think the club has been punished enough.

“The money situation is shocking. If you took a million quid off any of the clubs, they would be in dire straits.

“Our job is to make sure we are prepared for Castleford in round one and go from there. If by then they have made the climb a little bit steeper, then so be it, that’s the challenge.”

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5:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

northern pig says...

I endorse what Franny says regarding the funding issue. I have alreeady posted a comment about it on a previous feed at lunchtime..I must have a persecution complex! I Get the feeling that somebody as some sort of agenda against the Bulls.would London have been treat so harshly i wonder??
It is like they want the Bulls to play with one Hand tie behind there backs this year,like some kind of pennance for being naughty.
I endorse what Franny says regarding the funding issue. I have alreeady posted a comment about it on a previous feed at lunchtime..I must have a persecution complex! I Get the feeling that somebody as some sort of agenda against the Bulls.would London have been treat so harshly i wonder?? It is like they want the Bulls to play with one Hand tie behind there backs this year,like some kind of pennance for being naughty. northern pig

6:26pm Tue 4 Feb 14

grafter1980 says...

Does anyone else find that there seams to be a feeling of editorial bias in recent articles. The current Directors don't seam to have been given the same 'saviour' status after the club was dumped by all previous directors. Also this article refers to the previous successful takeover, surely now with hindsight We don't think that is the case. The current directors are trying to resolve problems they did not create, yet all recent headlines and reports don't seam to explain this. Again if we are going to refer to the sky money deduction it should be explained that this was a condition as previous creditors were not satisfied (unlike Salford) again a decision of previous directors.

Good luck to franny, the players and the new directors. I hope the current directors get the favourable reporting that the previous directors have had
Does anyone else find that there seams to be a feeling of editorial bias in recent articles. The current Directors don't seam to have been given the same 'saviour' status after the club was dumped by all previous directors. Also this article refers to the previous successful takeover, surely now with hindsight We don't think that is the case. The current directors are trying to resolve problems they did not create, yet all recent headlines and reports don't seam to explain this. Again if we are going to refer to the sky money deduction it should be explained that this was a condition as previous creditors were not satisfied (unlike Salford) again a decision of previous directors. Good luck to franny, the players and the new directors. I hope the current directors get the favourable reporting that the previous directors have had grafter1980

7:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

bully4us says...

We were given that money early when we were in trouble to help us through at that time. This is why we don't get it now as we have already had it. As far as I know that is the reason we get less money - nothing to do with going into admin.
We were given that money early when we were in trouble to help us through at that time. This is why we don't get it now as we have already had it. As far as I know that is the reason we get less money - nothing to do with going into admin. bully4us

1:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime"

Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game
Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime" Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game bradfordbronco

4:53pm Wed 5 Feb 14

christinetowell456@btinternet.com says...

so francis thinks the bulls have had enough has not super leaue had enough of the bulls antics in and out of administration all in the same day surely it should not have come out on administration until it ad gone on the market to see if any other owners could be fond for it and a for the debts will we ever find out how much they really owe and who to come on rfl do your job and lets see the bulls treated like everyone else
so francis thinks the bulls have had enough has not super leaue had enough of the bulls antics in and out of administration all in the same day surely it should not have come out on administration until it ad gone on the market to see if any other owners could be fond for it and a for the debts will we ever find out how much they really owe and who to come on rfl do your job and lets see the bulls treated like everyone else christinetowell456@btinternet.com

8:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime"

Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game
Paranoid much
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime" Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game[/p][/quote]Paranoid much Alhaurinrhino

8:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime"

Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game
Paranoid much
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Wrong. They witheld sky money for at least 4 months for going into admin approx £400,000. They then lent us the same £400,000 and then witheld TV money for next 2 years as a punishment despite also docking us 6 points and missing out on play off money for the same "crime" Also have they docked us 2 points by making us play the top team Hudds at magic weekend. When everyone else gets a fair game[/p][/quote]Paranoid much Alhaurinrhino

8:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

bully4us wrote:
We were given that money early when we were in trouble to help us through at that time. This is why we don't get it now as we have already had it. As far as I know that is the reason we get less money - nothing to do with going into admin.
having had the final reports from the P & A partnership aka Brendan Guillfoyle. (I was a shareholder and a minor creditor)
I can categorically tell you the money we were advanced was not from the next years SKY money, But advanced before the completion of the 2012 season.

OK Bulls did not recieve a penny of that years money to help pay the wages:
ie no payments from August 2012?
The first statement is as per the final P & A partnership administration/insol
vency document.
The second is from a source that may be seen as unreliable, ie Ryan Whitcut.
But the 2012 figures seem to stack up!
It wouldn't be fair to think that somehow the RFL had advanced 50% of the Sky 2013 money, if they didn't! As far as I am aware?
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: We were given that money early when we were in trouble to help us through at that time. This is why we don't get it now as we have already had it. As far as I know that is the reason we get less money - nothing to do with going into admin.[/p][/quote]having had the final reports from the P & A partnership aka Brendan Guillfoyle. (I was a shareholder and a minor creditor) I can categorically tell you the money we were advanced was not from the next years SKY money, But advanced before the completion of the 2012 season. OK Bulls did not recieve a penny of that years money to help pay the wages: ie no payments from August 2012? The first statement is as per the final P & A partnership administration/insol vency document. The second is from a source that may be seen as unreliable, ie Ryan Whitcut. But the 2012 figures seem to stack up! It wouldn't be fair to think that somehow the RFL had advanced 50% of the Sky 2013 money, if they didn't! As far as I am aware? raisemeup

9:02pm Wed 5 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

Question: who is Christinettowel etc. and why would she put her full e mail address on a toxic site like this one has become? Is she hoping that somene will send her a thesaurus?
Answer: someone who knows diddly squat and would make an ideal partner for some of the other posters, who are compatible mainly because they also know diddly squat!
Question: who is Christinettowel etc. and why would she put her full e mail address on a toxic site like this one has become? Is she hoping that somene will send her a thesaurus? Answer: someone who knows diddly squat and would make an ideal partner for some of the other posters, who are compatible mainly because they also know diddly squat! raisemeup

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