Bulls chairman Marc Green has urged fans to turn out in force for Sunday’s crunch clash with Wakefield as he gave his full backing to coach Francis Cummins.
Green feels the visit of the Wildcats is possibly even more important than the numerous finals the club regularly reached a decade ago.
But he refuses to accept that defeat would spell almost certain relegation from Super League and has stressed his confidence in Cummins to engineer an upturn in form.
The Bradford owner, who bought the club out of administration exactly eight weeks ago, would like to beat the season’s highest attendance of 10,106 who saw the derby clash with Leeds at Easter.
“Sunday’s game is arguably Bradford Bulls’ most important since they were winning trophies – and some would say it’s possibly even bigger than that,” said Green.
“I would absolutely love to see us beat the attendance we had for the Leeds game. I’m aware of the frustrations of the fans but I would urge each and every one of them to make an effort to be there on Sunday.
“I realise fans have walked away in their droves and that they wanted to see the club being run professionally, ethically and with a certain code of conduct.
“I would like to think that myself and my board have demonstrated that during the past eight weeks, so it would be great to see the whole city get behind the team and create a cauldron of noise.
“When we beat Catalan and Warrington at home recently, the support from the fans was outstanding and to get that in bigger numbers would give the players a massive lift as they walk out.
“If we lose, does that mean we are relegated? No. I accept that it would make it an uphill task but it would not be impossible.”
Cummins branded his players’ display in last weekend’s defeat to Catalan as “embarrassing” but Green has thrown his support behind him.
The Bulls boss was forced to make drastic cuts to his backroom staff during the off-season as the club’s ownership saga rumbled on.
He then saw Garreth Carvell, Nick Scruton and Jarrod Sammut leave when the club entered administration in January, for which Bradford were docked six points and were left fighting relegation.
Green said: “Francis Cummins is our coach and we are fully supportive of what he is doing.
“He went on record with his feelings after Saturday’s game and whatever went wrong went wrong – but we support our coach.
“We will probably be one of several teams to go to Catalan and lose this year – you could name the two or three teams who will go there and win.
“It’s all about Wakefield now and it’s a massive game. We have won two of our last five games and Francis has had extremely weakened squads during my time at the club.
“He has seen the guts ripped out of his team through what happened earlier this year.
“We have managed to bring in a raft of players in the time I have been here but Francis has been hindered by the injuries we have suffered.
“We have signed players and then lost players to injury but this weekend I expect us to be able to field the strongest team we have had all season.
“We are totally rebuilding the club and we are focusing everything on trying to stay up – but we’re not going to spend silly money at all costs. Any new player has to be the right fit.”
Green is a keen Tottenham Hotspur fan and has seen the club he supports struggle for any real continuity in their recent history.
After recently axing Tim Sherwood, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy yesterday made Mauricio Pochettino his ninth manager since he took over in 2001 and Green feels there are lessons to be learned.
He said: “The clubs prepared to stand by their manager are the ones who have had success – just look at Manchester United and Arsenal with Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.”
The Bulls’ points appeal will be heard next Wednesday and Green added: “If we win on Sunday then we will be only six points behind Wakefield and possibly only seven behind Salford.
“If we get any points back in the appeal, then it’s game on.”
* The Bulls Under-19s side slipped to a 68-16 defeat at Wigan last night.
Mason Tonks played for Bradford while Alex Mellor, Macauley Barron and Adam Brook scored their tries.