T&A Sports Comment: Green shoots of recovery at last for Bradford Bulls

SIZE MATTERS: The new Bulls board will be desperate to arrest the slide in crowd numbers at Odsal, which have flagged alarmingly this season. Even the big derby with Huddersfield, pictured, attracted just 6,781 fans

NEW BLOOD NOW! Player recruitment should be the priority of the new owner, with the Bulls down to the bare bones through injuries and the loss during administration of Garreth Carvell, Jarrod Sammut and Nick Scruton (pictured)

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by , T&A Sports Editor

We all fervently hope that the unveiling of Marc Green as the Bulls’ new owner will herald a bright new era for the club.

Yesterday’s news brought relief from all parties, though celebrations could best be described as muted – understandable after the number of false dawns that fans have endured during the last few months.

This second financial crisis to engulf the club in two years rapidly degenerated into a circus, with chaos and confusion the overriding emotions of Bradford supporters.

No sooner did a glimmer of hope appear on the horizon (Mark Moore is granted his wish of a Bulls takeover, Richard Lamb’s bid is approved) than the skies darkened once more (Moore walks away from the club amidst a barrage of controversy, Lamb fails to meet the deadline to provide proof of funds), throwing the fight for ownership back into the melting pot.

The club seemed to have been infected by an outbreak of mud-slinging between warring factions, with threats of legal action from, at the last time of counting, Omar Khan against Mark Moore and Ryan Whitcut, Moore against the RFL and Marc Green against sections of the local and national media.

Every week seemed to provide a turn of events even more damaging than the one before.

The unfortunate by-product of two farcical months is the effect it has had on players, staff, management and fans, who have had to watch helplessly from the sidelines.

We can only hope that Green’s appointment will not only bring some financial stability to the club but also begin the process of improving the relationship between the fans and those at board level, which sunk to new lows during the previous failed regimes.

There is only a finite amount of torment fans can take and, it’s fair to say, the Odsal faithful have had their fill.

Green, who begins his tenure with a clean slate, must address this issue of a lack of transparency from on high.

Worryingly, on his first day at the helm, he was unavailable for interview.

The weary fans are at the end of their tether and openness is the least they deserve, for it is these very same people who, through the purchase of season tickets, hold the key to turning the club’s fortunes around. Without them on board, the Bulls’ fortunes will struggle to pick up.

We have been stuck in a Groundhog Day these last few months. Fans must have lost count of the number of times we have printed the headline “Bulls takeover nearing completion”, only for the rug to be pulled from beneath the club’s feet.

This time we appear to have had a resolution and for that we are grateful.

No longer is the club rudderless. Robbie Hunter-Paul is to remain as chief executive and the senior management team has been bolstered by the appointment of Steve Ferres as managing director.

It is hoped the triumvirate will immediately begin work on sanctioning funds for new signings in the hope that the shadow over the Bulls’ survival prospects begins to diminish.

It may take time but, if everyone now pulls together, there is no reason why the Bulls shouldn’t be gracing Super League once again next season.

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7:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.
This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 4

7:56am Thu 27 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.
Or maybe because you praised Khan so much you need to tar the RFL to make it look like their fault to hide your embarrassment.
The RFL have played it by the book and would no doubt be better employed putting their efforts elsewhere rather than trying to sort out disaster after disaster the Bulls have self inflicted on themselves.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.[/p][/quote]Or maybe because you praised Khan so much you need to tar the RFL to make it look like their fault to hide your embarrassment. The RFL have played it by the book and would no doubt be better employed putting their efforts elsewhere rather than trying to sort out disaster after disaster the Bulls have self inflicted on themselves. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -8

8:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

melon head says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.
Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works melon head
  • Score: 3

8:52am Thu 27 Mar 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

melon head wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.
Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works
Yes I work for the RFL, or maybe I can see that when a two bob charlie comes in and runs up £1.5m debt in one year that it isn't the fault of the RFL, it's the fault of those running the club.
I really don't get this everythings the RFL's fault mentality and why the people who caused this mess aren't been chased up but left to disappear into the wilderness unquestioned.
[quote][p][bold]melon head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works[/p][/quote]Yes I work for the RFL, or maybe I can see that when a two bob charlie comes in and runs up £1.5m debt in one year that it isn't the fault of the RFL, it's the fault of those running the club. I really don't get this everythings the RFL's fault mentality and why the people who caused this mess aren't been chased up but left to disappear into the wilderness unquestioned. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 1

9:04am Thu 27 Mar 14

bully4us says...

I have been a Bulls fan for 40 years and love watching them but I have to say that it is the fault of lousy management that has got us in to this trouble starting with Caisley and us trying to live above our means. Yes, I do hold the RFL at fault for the halving of funding but we were a lost cause by then. We really should have been closed down last year and would have been had we been a high street retailer.

Hopefully, this new chap with Ferres will run a tight ship and get us through to November when we get a massive rise in income. We should be fine from then on if we are still in SL.
I have been a Bulls fan for 40 years and love watching them but I have to say that it is the fault of lousy management that has got us in to this trouble starting with Caisley and us trying to live above our means. Yes, I do hold the RFL at fault for the halving of funding but we were a lost cause by then. We really should have been closed down last year and would have been had we been a high street retailer. Hopefully, this new chap with Ferres will run a tight ship and get us through to November when we get a massive rise in income. We should be fine from then on if we are still in SL. bully4us
  • Score: 8

9:51am Thu 27 Mar 14

modman61 says...

The RFL should be placed in special measures, they haven't a clue how to run a business.
The RFL should be placed in special measures, they haven't a clue how to run a business. modman61
  • Score: 5

10:34am Thu 27 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
melon head wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.
Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works
Yes I work for the RFL, or maybe I can see that when a two bob charlie comes in and runs up £1.5m debt in one year that it isn't the fault of the RFL, it's the fault of those running the club.
I really don't get this everythings the RFL's fault mentality and why the people who caused this mess aren't been chased up but left to disappear into the wilderness unquestioned.
If TVOR works for the RFL, that would prove we are definitely on the right track with the RFLs handling of the whole affair?
Companies are judged on the people they keep after all???

Don't worry TVOR I'm just having a cheap shot!
No one can be as incompetent as that?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melon head[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: This is the point where the RFL normally play their joker. With hold money, deduct points, put them in special measures. Wonder what will happen this time. Maybe we wont be allowed to use substitutes or the players all have to play in wellies.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more.snap on must be doing great business at red hall spanner sales up 100%.think that is where thee voice of treason works[/p][/quote]Yes I work for the RFL, or maybe I can see that when a two bob charlie comes in and runs up £1.5m debt in one year that it isn't the fault of the RFL, it's the fault of those running the club. I really don't get this everythings the RFL's fault mentality and why the people who caused this mess aren't been chased up but left to disappear into the wilderness unquestioned.[/p][/quote]If TVOR works for the RFL, that would prove we are definitely on the right track with the RFLs handling of the whole affair? Companies are judged on the people they keep after all??? Don't worry TVOR I'm just having a cheap shot! No one can be as incompetent as that? raisemeup
  • Score: 4

10:42am Thu 27 Mar 14

Bulls2014 says...

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http://www1.skysport s.com/news/27469/923 3889/no-time-to-be-b ullish Bulls2014
  • Score: -1

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