Matt Diskin rules himself out of running to take Bradford Bulls job permanently

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bulls captain Matt Diskin will take charge of Friday's game with Hull KR Bulls captain Matt Diskin will take charge of Friday's game with Hull KR

Bulls captain Matt Diskin has ruled himself out of the running to take the coaching reins on a permanent basis.

The 32-year-old former Leeds Rhinos stalwart has been placed in temporary charge after Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire were sacked on Monday.

He will pick the team for Friday’s home clash with Hull KR but has no intention of throwing his name in the hat to succeed Cummins.

Diskin said: “These are not ideal circumstances for us as a club or as a team.

“The decision to relieve Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire of their duties has come following some below-par performances.

“We just have not been good enough this season and last weekend, going down to Salford, effectively, in the first 15 minutes was difficult to take.

“As I said, the situation I find myself in is far from ideal, however, I am as captain of the Bradford Bulls, the next in line to guide the team into battle.

“Having said that, I do not for one minute believe or see this as an opportunity to achieve anything as a coach.

“It is a short-term fix – I am standing in and have no intention of continuing in this role long-term.

“I am faced with difficult decisions this week with regards to team selection.

"However, the team's drive to provide a response will assist in us getting through this testing period.”

Diskin admitted Cummins and St Hilaire have effectively paid for the team’s failure to perform this season.

The veteran hooker added: “As a team we are hurting as we feel we have let people down.

“It has led to the removal of our head coach and assistant head coach.

“We owe a response to them, like we do our loyal supporters and everyone connected to the club.

“I have to ensure we are ready to face Hull KR and I think it goes without saying, we are all looking forward to this game.”

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6:58pm Tue 17 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

"Bulls captain Matt Diskin has ruled himself out of the running to take the coaching reins on a permanent basis."
Best news I've heard all week!
I think he should concentrate on earning a bit of that overpriced salary he's been earning for over 3 years.
"Bulls captain Matt Diskin has ruled himself out of the running to take the coaching reins on a permanent basis." Best news I've heard all week! I think he should concentrate on earning a bit of that overpriced salary he's been earning for over 3 years. The Fat Lady Sings
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7:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

nosher says...

The Fat Lady Sings wrote:
"Bulls captain Matt Diskin has ruled himself out of the running to take the coaching reins on a permanent basis."
Best news I've heard all week!
I think he should concentrate on earning a bit of that overpriced salary he's been earning for over 3 years.
Nice one fat lady. As I said yesterday only good thing to come of Leeds is the 508 bus to Halifax.
[quote][p][bold]The Fat Lady Sings[/bold] wrote: "Bulls captain Matt Diskin has ruled himself out of the running to take the coaching reins on a permanent basis." Best news I've heard all week! I think he should concentrate on earning a bit of that overpriced salary he's been earning for over 3 years.[/p][/quote]Nice one fat lady. As I said yesterday only good thing to come of Leeds is the 508 bus to Halifax. nosher
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8:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

theoutsider says...

Surely everyone is overlooking the outstanding candidate for this Circus !

FRED CARNOS!
Surely everyone is overlooking the outstanding candidate for this Circus ! FRED CARNOS! theoutsider
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10:06pm Tue 17 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Lets get rid of the coach you all say.They have done just that,so now it is a circus.How strange some people are.I hope I never have to stand behind you in the fish shop.I will be there all night,you will not have a clue what you want.
Lets get rid of the coach you all say.They have done just that,so now it is a circus.How strange some people are.I hope I never have to stand behind you in the fish shop.I will be there all night,you will not have a clue what you want. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

10:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Videoref says...

Proves good news does come out of Odsal occasionally
Proves good news does come out of Odsal occasionally Videoref
  • Score: 3

9:10am Wed 18 Jun 14

haterugbysometimes says...

ruled himself out - so had we mate on yer bike you shower of cr*p
ruled himself out - so had we mate on yer bike you shower of cr*p haterugbysometimes
  • Score: 1

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