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Rank Holiday Monday inquest begins at Bradford Bulls
Steve Ferres has vowed that “no stone will be left unturned” as the Bulls bid to stop the rot following their Easter Monday massacre at Wigan.
The club’s managing director says the abject 84-6 surrender was the worst display he had ever seen during his long career in the game.
Ferres paid tribute to fans for turning up in their numbers at the DW Stadium and supporting Francis Cummins’ side throughout a humiliating club-record loss.
But he warned that a remedy must be found quickly after seven straight Super League defeats which have left the club stuck on minus two points.
Ferres said: “I want to thank the supporters who gave up their Bank Holiday Monday, got caught up in traffic on the way over and never stopped getting behind the team during a tortuous 80 minutes.
“They were then subjected to the worst defensive display I have ever seen at Super League level.
“We will leave no stone unturned in trying to get to where we need to be.
“We’ve got to do a root-and-branch review of everything regarding the football department.
“We’re already doing that and it’s ongoing – but we’re aware that we’ve got to make things happen.”
With rookie forward Oliver Roberts sustaining a broken fibia at Wigan, the Bulls’ injury nightmare shows no sign of ending.
Ferres said the search for reinforcements was continuing to prove difficult due to the scarcity of players available.
He added: “You can rest assured that we have been trying to get players in, week after week.
“But players who have been on loan here have been taken back from us because of the Easter period and forthcoming Challenge Cup weekend. We’ve had no help there – in fact, it’s been a bit of a hindrance for us.
“The search for new players has not been for a long lack of trying and there have been a number of phone calls that will continue. But they have to be players who will improve the side and there are not a lot of those available.”
The Bulls’ appeal against their points penalty is expected to be heard late next week and Ferres said the effects of going into administration on January 31 were continuing to hamper the club’s survival bid.
Ferres said: “Everybody knows that we are playing catch-up because of what’s happened at this club.
“It’s even more difficult because of the points deduction and inheriting a squad that has been depleted because of other clubs taking our players.
“There is an unfairness about it that punishes the new company but I’ve never seen anybody throw himself into it like Marc Green has. He has shown a level of business acumen and professionalism in doing a number of things already that will benefit the club long-term.
“I know Monday’s defeat was a low point for the club, probably the lowest it has had for a long, long time. Therefore it needs not only Marc but everybody else to get behind the club more than ever now.”
Meanwhile, under-19s coach Richard Tunningley has been promoted as successor to Paul Medley as the Bulls’ head of youth.
He will continue to take charge of the under-19s until the end of the season.
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