Four groups in Bradford Bulls takeover talks

Mark Lawn says  a radical overhaul is needed in how the Bulls are run

Mark Lawn says a radical overhaul is needed in how the Bulls are run

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RFL director of licensing and standards Blake Solly said there are currently four parties bidding to buy the Bulls – including a mystery consortium.

The club is back in the hands of David Wilson and, although the Leeds-based administrator is believed to be in Switzerland until tomorrow, his assistant Kate Blakeway is working on the case and addressed players and staff yesterday.

Solly said: “We have spoken with the administrator and there are up to four parties who have expressed their interest in buying the Bulls.

“We’ll hopefully speak to the different parties within the next 48 hours.”

Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd had their bid for the club accepted by the administrator last Thursday but withdrew their offer on Tuesday after the Bulls were docked six points for entering administration.

The group, led by the club’s board of directors, were believed to have seen off interest from London-based businessman Richard Lamb, a bid from Bradford City joint-chairmen Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn, and a separate consortium led by representatives from Bradford Park Avenue.

Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week.

Only Lamb has so far confirmed he remains in the running to buy the club but Solly said that a separate group had emerged who wished to remain anonymous.

“There is a confidentiality agreement in place,” said Solly.

Bantams joint-chairman Lawn said that Rhodes had recently met with the RFL but stopped short of revealing whether they remained interested in taking on the club.

Lawn said yesterday: “I made it clear last week when I was asked about the Bulls that I feared for the future of the club.

“What has happened this week has confirmed my fears and, unless there is a radical overhaul in the way that professional rugby league is being run in Bradford, then nothing will change.

“Julian and I have said we would do whatever we can to keep rugby league in Bradford but we are limited in what we can do.”

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9:28am Thu 27 Feb 14

Lythambull says...

"Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week."

What. The. F@@k??!!

This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he?

Savour my backside.

Don't get fooled again!!!

COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!!
"Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week." What. The. F@@k??!! This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he? Savour my backside. Don't get fooled again!!! COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!! Lythambull
  • Score: 10

10:05am Thu 27 Feb 14

handoff says...

I am really starting to fear for professional rugby league in Bradford. I am an optimist by nature and will follow the club until it ends up playing out of a pub somewhere, however the prospect of rugby being played away from Odsal and in a lower division looms large. This is a fiasco of Leeds United proportion. The crown jewel here is Frannie though; loose him and the squad will evaporate like water going down a plughole.
I shall be on the terraces as usual on Sunday and cheering on the lads in hope.
I am really starting to fear for professional rugby league in Bradford. I am an optimist by nature and will follow the club until it ends up playing out of a pub somewhere, however the prospect of rugby being played away from Odsal and in a lower division looms large. This is a fiasco of Leeds United proportion. The crown jewel here is Frannie though; loose him and the squad will evaporate like water going down a plughole. I shall be on the terraces as usual on Sunday and cheering on the lads in hope. handoff
  • Score: 6

10:25am Thu 27 Feb 14

Videoref says...

Consortium who wish to remain anonymous? Confidentiality agreement? I wonder if a certain solicitor with rugby league expertise (and who is a creditor of previous 2 regimes) has seen an oportunity?
Curiouser and curiouser
Consortium who wish to remain anonymous? Confidentiality agreement? I wonder if a certain solicitor with rugby league expertise (and who is a creditor of previous 2 regimes) has seen an oportunity? Curiouser and curiouser Videoref
  • Score: 2

10:29am Thu 27 Feb 14

Videoref says...

Lythambull wrote:
"Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week."

What. The. F@@k??!!

This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he?

Savour my backside.

Don't get fooled again!!!

COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!!
Words fail me! Can you imagine the reception at Odsal he would get? Suppose Gerry Sutcliffe is his 'silent' partner again too!
You couldn't make it up-oh what a circus etc
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: "Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week." What. The. F@@k??!! This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he? Savour my backside. Don't get fooled again!!! COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!![/p][/quote]Words fail me! Can you imagine the reception at Odsal he would get? Suppose Gerry Sutcliffe is his 'silent' partner again too! You couldn't make it up-oh what a circus etc Videoref
  • Score: 9

12:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Lythambull says...

Videoref wrote:
Lythambull wrote:
"Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week."

What. The. F@@k??!!

This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he?

Savour my backside.

Don't get fooled again!!!

COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!!
Words fail me! Can you imagine the reception at Odsal he would get? Suppose Gerry Sutcliffe is his 'silent' partner again too!
You couldn't make it up-oh what a circus etc
This time round, for extra controversy, his partner will be Peter Sutcliffe, not Gerry. Seems apt after what he did to our club.
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: "Former Bulls owner Omar Khan also made an unsuccessful bid to buy the club from the administrator last week." What. The. F@@k??!! This clown shoe just doesn't get it, does he? Savour my backside. Don't get fooled again!!! COME ON YOU BUUUUULLS!![/p][/quote]Words fail me! Can you imagine the reception at Odsal he would get? Suppose Gerry Sutcliffe is his 'silent' partner again too! You couldn't make it up-oh what a circus etc[/p][/quote]This time round, for extra controversy, his partner will be Peter Sutcliffe, not Gerry. Seems apt after what he did to our club. Lythambull
  • Score: 5

12:18pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Lythambull says...

“What has happened this week has confirmed my fears and, unless there is a radical overhaul in the way that professional rugby league is being run in Bradford, then nothing will change.

“Julian and I have said we would do whatever we can to keep rugby league in Bradford but we are limited in what we can do.”

Well in that case, why not focus on your football team and not use this as an opportunity to get your rotund, Just-For-Men coloured face in the paper??????

Lawn and Rhodes in We-Don't-Have-Much-M
oney Shocker.

This mans ONLY interest in the Bulls is to get them into VP to help prop up last years league cup finalists.
“What has happened this week has confirmed my fears and, unless there is a radical overhaul in the way that professional rugby league is being run in Bradford, then nothing will change. “Julian and I have said we would do whatever we can to keep rugby league in Bradford but we are limited in what we can do.” Well in that case, why not focus on your football team and not use this as an opportunity to get your rotund, Just-For-Men coloured face in the paper?????? Lawn and Rhodes in We-Don't-Have-Much-M oney Shocker. This mans ONLY interest in the Bulls is to get them into VP to help prop up last years league cup finalists. Lythambull
  • Score: -2

12:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

BD16 says...

Lythambull wrote:
“What has happened this week has confirmed my fears and, unless there is a radical overhaul in the way that professional rugby league is being run in Bradford, then nothing will change. “Julian and I have said we would do whatever we can to keep rugby league in Bradford but we are limited in what we can do.” Well in that case, why not focus on your football team and not use this as an opportunity to get your rotund, Just-For-Men coloured face in the paper?????? Lawn and Rhodes in We-Don't-Have-Much-M oney Shocker. This mans ONLY interest in the Bulls is to get them into VP to help prop up last years league cup finalists.
What are the options for the Bulls other than VP? If a knight in shining armour is going to come to the Bulls rescue he's already missed two opportunities and is cutting the third one very fine.

Personally, I'd be happy to ground share if it helps the Bulls survive but any legal or financial connection is a big no no. That would probably be the end of two Bradford sporting institutions.
[quote][p][bold]Lythambull[/bold] wrote: “What has happened this week has confirmed my fears and, unless there is a radical overhaul in the way that professional rugby league is being run in Bradford, then nothing will change. “Julian and I have said we would do whatever we can to keep rugby league in Bradford but we are limited in what we can do.” Well in that case, why not focus on your football team and not use this as an opportunity to get your rotund, Just-For-Men coloured face in the paper?????? Lawn and Rhodes in We-Don't-Have-Much-M oney Shocker. This mans ONLY interest in the Bulls is to get them into VP to help prop up last years league cup finalists.[/p][/quote]What are the options for the Bulls other than VP? If a knight in shining armour is going to come to the Bulls rescue he's already missed two opportunities and is cutting the third one very fine. Personally, I'd be happy to ground share if it helps the Bulls survive but any legal or financial connection is a big no no. That would probably be the end of two Bradford sporting institutions. BD16
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Odsal53 says...

If this fiasco continues and as it seems to me that the RL are hell bent on getting Bradford out of Super League then after watching Bradford through thick and thin for61 years will see me turn my back on rugby league totally. If will go and watch my local kick and clap team. It may nothave the skill factor of rugby league but is run by people of a far greater intelligence and business skill than the neddies at Red Hall. Perhaps all the Bradford supporters should get together and picket Red Hall. Not as a lynching party (though not a bad idea) but to let them know how we feel about the treatment to our club.
If this fiasco continues and as it seems to me that the RL are hell bent on getting Bradford out of Super League then after watching Bradford through thick and thin for61 years will see me turn my back on rugby league totally. If will go and watch my local kick and clap team. It may nothave the skill factor of rugby league but is run by people of a far greater intelligence and business skill than the neddies at Red Hall. Perhaps all the Bradford supporters should get together and picket Red Hall. Not as a lynching party (though not a bad idea) but to let them know how we feel about the treatment to our club. Odsal53
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan says...

What a clueless maggot Blake solly is
What a clueless maggot Blake solly is Down_with_the _firm aka Bullsfan
  • Score: 4

1:32pm Thu 27 Feb 14

taurusthebull says...

Unless this " Mystery " consortium are Saudi Princes , then I think we can expect the worst. but as said it may be worthwhile taking our punishment , fighting our strongest ,but if we are relegated so what ! we can rebuild and bounce back with GOOD MANAGEMENT !!!
Unless this " Mystery " consortium are Saudi Princes , then I think we can expect the worst. but as said it may be worthwhile taking our punishment , fighting our strongest ,but if we are relegated so what ! we can rebuild and bounce back with GOOD MANAGEMENT !!! taurusthebull
  • Score: 5

1:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

nosher says...

Would the new name be Bradford Lambbulls ? would be better as shambulls. Sadly, I fear the worst for the bulls and the league in general. See money can buy you everything, look at Salford. I will be there Sunday though COYB.
Would the new name be Bradford Lambbulls ? would be better as shambulls. Sadly, I fear the worst for the bulls and the league in general. See money can buy you everything, look at Salford. I will be there Sunday though COYB. nosher
  • Score: 1

12:55am Sat 1 Mar 14

portugalbull says...

Whom ever is in the mix will have to be aware of the negativity from the RFL.
I believe its time the S L clubs should look to themselves.
Solly should have gone after the last fiasco and Rimmer looks to have being no help this time. Wood conspicuous by his silence, keeping his head below the parapit. All the good work of the World Cup is now forgotten.
Whom ever is in the mix will have to be aware of the negativity from the RFL. I believe its time the S L clubs should look to themselves. Solly should have gone after the last fiasco and Rimmer looks to have being no help this time. Wood conspicuous by his silence, keeping his head below the parapit. All the good work of the World Cup is now forgotten. portugalbull
  • Score: 0

2:12am Sat 1 Mar 14

oddshapedballs says...

Wtf? Ooo ma baba trying to buy the club again??? Can someone just feed him some raw chicken and let us be rid of him
Wtf? Ooo ma baba trying to buy the club again??? Can someone just feed him some raw chicken and let us be rid of him oddshapedballs
  • Score: 0

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