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Steve Ferres urges Bradford Bulls fans to support Marc Green
BULLS managing director Steve Ferres believes Marc Green will ultimately restore the club to its former glories – but has urged supporters to also play their part.
Bradford's appeal against their six-point penalty for entering administration was upheld on Wednesday, dealing a massive blow to their survival prospects this season.
But Ferres insists Green is in it for the long haul and has backed the Bulls owner to preside over an upturn in fortunes at Odsal.
"The fans have a club to support and in Marc they have a guy in charge who is dedicated and committed to making the Bulls a force in the game again," declared Ferres.
"We now need the people of Bradford to help us in our quest to achieve our aims and that is to be back at the top echelons of the sport.
"Whatever we have to do to achieve that, we will do – but it isn't a one-man job and Marc can't do it on his own.
"It needs the people of Bradford to buy into what he is about and what he is trying to do.
"If we all get together and unite behind his ambition and his drive to make a success of it, then we will achieve our aim."
Club chairman Green has already stated he will not "run for the hills" should Bradford fall into the Championship.
Ferres said: "Marc has demonstrated his commitment but at the end of the day he's a very shrewd businessman who wants to run the club as a business.
"It can be run well as a business and he's demonstrating that now and will continue to do so in the coming years.
"However, it does require a buy-in from everybody else and people have got to support what we're doing.
"It's not about histrionics; it's about the future and we're trying to rebuild that trust and belief back up.
"We believe it can be achieved and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are going to help us."
The Bulls lie six points adrift of third-bottom Wakefield with 12 rounds of the Super League season remaining.
Head coach Francis Cummins remains confident his men can beat the drop despite their points appeal being dismissed.
Ferres said: "We're all full of the same belief but at the end of the day, as each week goes by, it becomes a tougher job if we're not winning games.
"We've got to start winning games and everybody knows that.
"While it's still possible, we will retain that belief – but whatever happens, the long-term aim is to put the club where it belongs.
"We will be looking at planning for that and to make the club as strong as we can.
"At the end of the day, I know the fans were disappointed and upset on Wednesday but so were we.
"Marc has taken something on which is not his doing and he can't be faulted because he's doing everything right at the moment.
"It's about getting the trust back from people, to believe in the club and to contribute to what we're trying to achieve."
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