Green remains tight-lipped over who is in frame to replace axed Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Green remains tight-lipped over who is in frame to replace axed Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins
MARC Green insists the Bulls will not rush into appointing a new coach amid a flurry of interest in the Odsal vacancy.
The club’s owner and chairman confirmed yesterday that no appointment would be made before Friday’s visit of Hull KR.
Green said the club would “not be chasing” candidates and would only talk to those who had contacted the Bulls to express their interest.
He said: “The board will consider applications from any coach, whether new or existing, who is capable of demonstrating the ability to deliver the ethos of the club moving forward.
“In regards to timescale, the process started the moment the vacancy became public.
“The club would like to have it concluded in the quickest timeframe possible.
“However, the board recognise the magnitude of making the right decision and as a result will not rush into making an appointment.
“Furthermore, we will not be chasing people – we will wait and see who applies first before drawing up a shortlist. We’ve fielded interest already.”
Skipper Matt Diskin will take charge of Friday’s game but has no desire to take the reins permanently.
Legendary former Bradford hooker James Lowes spoke of his ambitions to fill the post in yesterday’s Telegraph & Argus, prompting Leeds Carnegie to issue a statement outlining their determination to keep him.
Carnegie director of rugby Chris Gibson said: “We understand that there has been speculation linking James Lowes with the current vacant position at Bradford Bulls.
“We would like to confirm that James is contracted with Leeds Carnegie for next season and we are keen for him to stay and build on the progress we made during the 2013-14 campaign when we reached the play-off semi-finals and the final of the British and Irish Cup.
“We have already begun building our squad for next season and we are optimistic about the future of the club and we see James playing a key role in that as we look to achieve our ambition of promotion to the Aviva Premiership.”
Scott Naylor, who is doing an impressive job at Championship One outfit Oldham, has similarly made his interest known.
Two more ex-Bradford men – Halifax boss Karl Harrison and Dewsbury’s Glenn Morrison – are also believed to be eyeing the role while Sheffield boss Mark Aston could be another contender.
Harrison, a boyhood Bradford fan from Drighlington who assisted Brian Noble at Odsal over a decade ago, has an impressive record in the Championship with Batley and Halifax.
His contract at Halifax expires in November and, although Morrison recently signed a deal tieing him to Dewsbury until 2016, Rams chairman Mark Sawyer would let him go if Bradford came calling.
Sawyer said: “If any Super League club wanted Glenn Morrison to apply for a vacant head coach’s position, we wouldn't stand in his way.”
Batley coach John Kear is believed to be interested in the job but Brian Noble is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with Salford with regards to a settlement following his sacking in April.
It is unclear whether the former Bulls boss would be prepared to return to Odsal with the club seemingly doomed to relegation.
However, the club’s fight to win back the six points they had deducted for entering administration is continuing.
That prompted Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell to tweet yesterday: “Time for Bulls to stop threat of further legal action, respect the decision of the independent panel and other Super League clubs.”
Green, meanwhile, said he was disgusted with derogatory remarks aimed at Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire on the Bulls’ social media channels following Sunday’s defeat at Salford.
Green said: “We are all fortunate to live in a society which allows freedom of speech, never more so than through social media.
“Whilst the club do not respond to all comments, we are always continually aware of what is posted on social media websites.
“As a result, the board request, regardless of personal thoughts, our supporters refrain from the level of personal insults which have been aimed at both Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire.
“Whilst we all recognise we operate in performance and results-based business, it is unarguable that both Francis and Lee have acted throughout their time at the club with the utmost professionalism and dignity, especially through some of the club’s darkest days.”
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