Lowes throws hat in the ring, with Noble, Kear and Morrison also in running for Bradford Bulls job (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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James Lowes throws hat in the ring, with Brian Noble and Glenn Morrison also in running for Bradford Bulls job
BULLS legend James Lowes admits he is interested in the prospect of succeeding Francis Cummins in the Odsal hot-seat.
Cummins and assistant coach Lee St Hilaire were sacked yesterday by owner Marc Green in the wake of Sunday’s defeat at Salford.
Although club captain Matt Diskin has been handed the reins on a temporary basis ahead of Friday’s home game with Hull KR, Lowes is in the frame to take the job permanently.
John Kear, who famously kept Wakefield in Super League in 2006 and is currently coaching Batley on a part-time basis, is also believed to be interested in the position.
Ex-Bradford coach Brian Noble, who is a free agent after being sacked by Salford in April, and former player and current Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison are also potential candidates.
The Bulls have not put any timescale on an appointment but Lowes, who is on a rolling contract as Leeds Carnegie head coach, is keen to be considered.
He told the T&A: “I’d like to at least sit down and talk with Marc Green to hear his plans.
“That would be the first step and it would be nice to meet with the bloke.”
Lowes previously applied for the Bulls head coach job when Mick Potter was appointed ahead of the 2011 campaign.
The 44-year-old was unsuccessful and explained: “I was still at Warrington but applied for the Bradford job when Peter Hood was in charge.
“I didn’t even get a reply to my application, which was very disappointing and left a sour taste.
“But it’s obviously a job I’d love to do whether it’s now or in the future. It’s Bradford Bulls – it’s my club.”
The former Bulls hooker guided Leeds to the play-off semi-finals of rugby union’s second tier in his first season in charge.
They were defeated by London Welsh but Lowes added: “I’ve massively improved as a coach in the past couple of years, working with Tony Smith and Brian McDermott then taking over at Leeds Carnegie. We’ve had a great year.”
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