John Kear the ideal fit for Bradford Bulls in their time of need, says Peter Hood

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: If Peter Hood had his way, John Kear would be the next coach of the Bulls If Peter Hood had his way, John Kear would be the next coach of the Bulls

TALK to anyone in rugby league about John Kear and the soundbites are always the same.

“Miracle man, outstanding motivator, great track record… when might he return to Super League?”

Well, perhaps this is his time.

At least that is the view of former Bradford chairman Peter Hood, who said Kear’s name often cropped up whenever the Odsal hot-seat became vacant during his time at the club.

Hood admits the former England coach was never viewed as “glamorous” enough but he feels the current Batley boss would be the ideal fit right now.

Not only to mount an improbable late bid to keep the club in Super League but, more likely, to help rebuild the Bulls in the Championship next year.

“The days when leading coaches from both sides of the world would queue up for the top job at Odsal have probably gone, for now at least,” said Hood.

“Now it’s a quest for survival, not silverware, and with the number of games left it’s a massive ask.

“For me, the one name that stands out is John Kear.

“Several times over my 18 or so years at Odsal, Kear’s name came up and not always in relation to the top job.

“Each time it was eclipsed in favour of other, usually more glamorous names, but cometh the hour, cometh the man.

“He’s no stranger to scrapping at the foot of the table, famously keeping Wakefield in the top flight in 2006, and he’s no shrinking violet either.

“He knows how to motivate a dressing room but he’s also a thoughtful man and a proven technical coach.

“Furthermore, he’s proved he’ll bring the same focus and commitment to life in the Championship should that prove necessary.

“I’d be getting Kear on board for the rest of this year and next, with the promise that if relegation happens and he gets the club straight back into Super League, he’ll be guaranteed a contract extension.”

Hood, who was ousted as chairman following a bitter power struggle with his predecessor Chris Caisley during the tumultuous 2012 campaign, believes Jimmy Lowes and Glenn Morrison are also strong contenders.

Lowes previously applied for the job when Steve McNamara left the Bulls and Hood turned him down.

The former Odsal supremo added: “I’m glad to see former Bulls like Glenn Morrison and Jimmy Lowes throwing their hats into the ring.

“It’s their kind of grit and determination we need right now.

“I had to disappoint Jimmy when he applied in the aftermath of Steve McNamara’s departure.

“I had a colleague organise for us to meet secretly, in box eight of the Coral Stand, ahead of a game with Warrington, where Jimmy was coaching at the time.

“I told him right away that he wasn’t going to be the next head coach at Bradford because the board had decided it was never again going to appoint another novice straight into the top job.

“But I also told him he might very well be the next-but-one or next-but-two. And well he might! We’ll know soon enough.

“Meanwhile, we are where we are. And given where we are, and what therefore needs to be done, I vote for John Kear.”

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8:19am Fri 20 Jun 14

A650 says...

Your mistakes when in charge got us in this mess Peter so I'd be happier if you shut up.
Your mistakes when in charge got us in this mess Peter so I'd be happier if you shut up. A650
  • Score: 40

8:19am Fri 20 Jun 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Interesting given Jimmy claims to have never received a reply to his application for the job before, presumably, from Hood? One of them is fibbing it would seem.
Interesting given Jimmy claims to have never received a reply to his application for the job before, presumably, from Hood? One of them is fibbing it would seem. Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 24

8:31am Fri 20 Jun 14

Solomon Grundy says...

Hood says nothing about Brian Noble of course because his bitter feud with Noble Caisley and Mcnamara's backing of him and vice versa resulted in his shameful failure to sack the incompetent Mcnamara as his ineptitude took the club to the catastrophe of 2012 and hence where we are now. Add to that a string of pretty blatant lies he told people along the way and that about sums it up.

Go away Peter Hood.
Hood says nothing about Brian Noble of course because his bitter feud with Noble Caisley and Mcnamara's backing of him and vice versa resulted in his shameful failure to sack the incompetent Mcnamara as his ineptitude took the club to the catastrophe of 2012 and hence where we are now. Add to that a string of pretty blatant lies he told people along the way and that about sums it up. Go away Peter Hood. Solomon Grundy
  • Score: 28

8:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

Having gone through the McNamara era can we leave this to someone else please. Nothing wrong with John Kear, and so far as we know Glen has not applied.
Having gone through the McNamara era can we leave this to someone else please. Nothing wrong with John Kear, and so far as we know Glen has not applied. raisemeup
  • Score: 10

8:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

BirchLane-1964 says...

We do not need your input Hood you left us in enough mess please disappear once more.
We do not need your input Hood you left us in enough mess please disappear once more. BirchLane-1964
  • Score: 36

8:39am Fri 20 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

It is a bit difficult for the man who sold our HOME for us to have much faith in his judgement
It is a bit difficult for the man who sold our HOME for us to have much faith in his judgement raisemeup
  • Score: 33

8:48am Fri 20 Jun 14

CanaBull says...

"Meanwhile, we are where we are..."

As if he hasn't done enough to put us here! Can't believe the lack of responsibility and the nerve.
"Meanwhile, we are where we are..." As if he hasn't done enough to put us here! Can't believe the lack of responsibility and the nerve. CanaBull
  • Score: 22

9:28am Fri 20 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Peter Hood knows as much about Rugby League as I do about mountain climbing. Nothing.
Peter Hood knows as much about Rugby League as I do about mountain climbing. Nothing. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 16

9:42am Fri 20 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Peter Hood knows as much about Rugby League as I do about mountain climbing. Nothing.
I think you're being generous there!!!
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Peter Hood knows as much about Rugby League as I do about mountain climbing. Nothing.[/p][/quote]I think you're being generous there!!! Bullmaniac
  • Score: 12

9:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

Letshavealook says...

Mr Hood has no credibility at all and it is mostly due to his ineptitude that the Bulls are in such a mess. I would be more inclined to trust the word of Lowes than Hood's and let's us not forget it was he who continually supported the incompetent "McManobody." The man who steered England to third in a three horse world cup race last year.
Mr Hood has no credibility at all and it is mostly due to his ineptitude that the Bulls are in such a mess. I would be more inclined to trust the word of Lowes than Hood's and let's us not forget it was he who continually supported the incompetent "McManobody." The man who steered England to third in a three horse world cup race last year. Letshavealook
  • Score: 19

10:01am Fri 20 Jun 14

Parz says...

Anybody but Kear. Yes, he's experienced, has run a SL outfit before. But the fact is that he's just not very good!
Anybody but Kear. Yes, he's experienced, has run a SL outfit before. But the fact is that he's just not very good! Parz
  • Score: 6

10:07am Fri 20 Jun 14

monobrow man says...

Peter hood giving tips on picking a coach is like Harold fritzl giving tips on parenting.
Peter hood giving tips on picking a coach is like Harold fritzl giving tips on parenting. monobrow man
  • Score: 22

10:27am Fri 20 Jun 14

rogerthat! says...

How can this arrogant pompous individual try and give his opinion. We are not interested in what you say Mr Hood. You proved you could not run a Chippy, hang your head in Shame. Caisley, Hood, and the Khan. Never forget what they are responsible for! Duffy has been their during their tenure
Time he was shown the door Mr Green.
How can this arrogant pompous individual try and give his opinion. We are not interested in what you say Mr Hood. You proved you could not run a Chippy, hang your head in Shame. Caisley, Hood, and the Khan. Never forget what they are responsible for! Duffy has been their during their tenure Time he was shown the door Mr Green. rogerthat!
  • Score: 11

10:29am Fri 20 Jun 14

Videoref says...

About 6 or 7 years ago I offered to supply Bradford Bulls with a package of colour printers and copiers so they could bring all their printing and publishing in house. The deal was worth about £100,000 and it was going to be free to Bulls and all we wanted was the company logo on the hoardings.Peter Hoods response to the offer was 'If you touch my network I will sue your company for every penny you have and put you out of business!'
Needless to say we didn't pursue the offer.
What right does this man (of proven judgement!) Who took £480,000 off hard working supporters under false information and blatant untruths have to give any opinion on anything to do with Bradford Bulls?
If Kears name was in the frame when McNamara was appointed, it shows your lack of understanding, knowledge and incompetance then. Please do us a favour and mind your own business
About 6 or 7 years ago I offered to supply Bradford Bulls with a package of colour printers and copiers so they could bring all their printing and publishing in house. The deal was worth about £100,000 and it was going to be free to Bulls and all we wanted was the company logo on the hoardings.Peter Hoods response to the offer was 'If you touch my network I will sue your company for every penny you have and put you out of business!' Needless to say we didn't pursue the offer. What right does this man (of proven judgement!) Who took £480,000 off hard working supporters under false information and blatant untruths have to give any opinion on anything to do with Bradford Bulls? If Kears name was in the frame when McNamara was appointed, it shows your lack of understanding, knowledge and incompetance then. Please do us a favour and mind your own business Videoref
  • Score: 30

10:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though.
If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess,
Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher
No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though. If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess, Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher axelf1963
  • Score: -13

10:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

Videoref says...

axelf1963 wrote:
No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though.
If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess,
Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher
Proves the point-sell something below cost and you go bust
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though. If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess, Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher[/p][/quote]Proves the point-sell something below cost and you go bust Videoref
  • Score: 7

10:36am Fri 20 Jun 14

Videoref says...

axelf1963 wrote:
No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though.
If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess,
Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher
Proves the point-sell something below cost and you go bust
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: No moaning when getting free tickets and cut price season tickets courtesy of Hood though. If fans had paid full price that could have saved the mess, Spangles you will have to climb more than a mountain to get a drink out of Nosher[/p][/quote]Proves the point-sell something below cost and you go bust Videoref
  • Score: 2

10:40am Fri 20 Jun 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

would have made sense to have a coach lined up riot to sacking FC but then when has any sense come out of Odsal in the last few years!
would have made sense to have a coach lined up riot to sacking FC but then when has any sense come out of Odsal in the last few years! fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 0

12:23pm Fri 20 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Why would the T.& A. ask this fellow what he thought about a new coach for the Bulls.He has nothing to do with them.You might as well ask one of the boys with the brown paper bags in Town Hall Square,they would have known more than the Hoodster about R.L. Axelf you really are mellowing,you are starting to act quite sensible now.I do not know if I prefer you the way you used to be,daft.See you in Cue Gardens in three weeks with nosher.Looking forward to nosher buying me a pint of Guinness.
Why would the T.& A. ask this fellow what he thought about a new coach for the Bulls.He has nothing to do with them.You might as well ask one of the boys with the brown paper bags in Town Hall Square,they would have known more than the Hoodster about R.L. Axelf you really are mellowing,you are starting to act quite sensible now.I do not know if I prefer you the way you used to be,daft.See you in Cue Gardens in three weeks with nosher.Looking forward to nosher buying me a pint of Guinness. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 2

1:09pm Fri 20 Jun 14

nosher says...

Spangles. The only place I would buy a pint of guinness is in Buttershaw lane club. What dates are you home
Spangles. The only place I would buy a pint of guinness is in Buttershaw lane club. What dates are you home nosher
  • Score: -1

1:40pm Fri 20 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Why nosher You gonna go on holiday :)
Why nosher You gonna go on holiday :) axelf1963
  • Score: 0

1:48pm Fri 20 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

rogerthat! wrote:
How can this arrogant pompous individual try and give his opinion. We are not interested in what you say Mr Hood. You proved you could not run a Chippy, hang your head in Shame. Caisley, Hood, and the Khan. Never forget what they are responsible for! Duffy has been their during their tenure
Time he was shown the door Mr Green.
You should not link others in your diatribe against Hood , RogerT !
You dilute an argument based on your own prejudice, and the first sentence perhaps sums up some of your posts.
You are right about PH he has shown that he is a man of straw, and I feel that he hasn't done John Kear any favours in backing him?
[quote][p][bold]rogerthat![/bold] wrote: How can this arrogant pompous individual try and give his opinion. We are not interested in what you say Mr Hood. You proved you could not run a Chippy, hang your head in Shame. Caisley, Hood, and the Khan. Never forget what they are responsible for! Duffy has been their during their tenure Time he was shown the door Mr Green.[/p][/quote]You should not link others in your diatribe against Hood , RogerT ! You dilute an argument based on your own prejudice, and the first sentence perhaps sums up some of your posts. You are right about PH he has shown that he is a man of straw, and I feel that he hasn't done John Kear any favours in backing him? raisemeup
  • Score: -3

1:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Looks like John Kerr got the vote of confidence so he won't get the job. Pity he's a good coach, but there's other options, we'll just have to wait and see who the board come up with.
Looks like John Kerr got the vote of confidence so he won't get the job. Pity he's a good coach, but there's other options, we'll just have to wait and see who the board come up with. portugalbull
  • Score: 0

2:01pm Fri 20 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Why nosher You gonna go on holiday :)
Probably to Spain to your mate Spanglish
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Why nosher You gonna go on holiday :)[/p][/quote]Probably to Spain to your mate Spanglish portugalbull
  • Score: -3

2:49pm Fri 20 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Nosher,
July 3rd until Mid August.If you go in Buttershaw Lane club nosher I will deffo know you.I know all the rogues and down and outs in there L.O.L.Used to go in regularly,always call in when I am back.By the sound of it you will be booking a holiday though to save you paying according to my mate Axelf.
Nosher, July 3rd until Mid August.If you go in Buttershaw Lane club nosher I will deffo know you.I know all the rogues and down and outs in there L.O.L.Used to go in regularly,always call in when I am back.By the sound of it you will be booking a holiday though to save you paying according to my mate Axelf. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 1

3:05pm Fri 20 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Nosher is tighter than cramp Spangles
Nosher is tighter than cramp Spangles axelf1963
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Fri 20 Jun 14

nosher says...

Spangles. I dont go in the club. But did go in for a 60th the other week. 4 x drinks 6 pound 50 lol. I know a lot of scallywags in the club. Axelf is too posh to frequent such an establishment. He lives in the leafy suburbs of shelf and is tighter than a submarine door.
Spangles. I dont go in the club. But did go in for a 60th the other week. 4 x drinks 6 pound 50 lol. I know a lot of scallywags in the club. Axelf is too posh to frequent such an establishment. He lives in the leafy suburbs of shelf and is tighter than a submarine door. nosher
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axelf, shoulder of Mutton man are you?
Axelf, shoulder of Mutton man are you? spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

7:23pm Fri 20 Jun 14

OldNorthernFan says...

To the T & A I would say - Don't EVER ask this man's opinion again. He is responsible for destroying a club I have followed since the 1940s and if you ask his opinion again then the T&A will be immediately off my reading list. His opinion is worthless.
To the T & A I would say - Don't EVER ask this man's opinion again. He is responsible for destroying a club I have followed since the 1940s and if you ask his opinion again then the T&A will be immediately off my reading list. His opinion is worthless. OldNorthernFan
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Simo13 says...

I do wish Mr Peter Hood would keep his thoughts and ideas to himself in any matters relating to the Bradford Bulls.

This is my personal opinion and I feel very strongly that the current management team should be allowed to re-build this once great club without a "side show" from a previous chairman who in my opinion left the supporters at Odsal with far too many unanswered questions.

Simon Foster
I do wish Mr Peter Hood would keep his thoughts and ideas to himself in any matters relating to the Bradford Bulls. This is my personal opinion and I feel very strongly that the current management team should be allowed to re-build this once great club without a "side show" from a previous chairman who in my opinion left the supporters at Odsal with far too many unanswered questions. Simon Foster Simo13
  • Score: 5

7:55pm Fri 20 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Axelf, shoulder of Mutton man are you?
Sometimes although further afield so Nosher does not find me
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Axelf, shoulder of Mutton man are you?[/p][/quote]Sometimes although further afield so Nosher does not find me axelf1963
  • Score: 2

11:47am Sat 21 Jun 14

Kellington Bull says...

It was mainly due to your incompetence Hood that we findourselves in the "mire." You've done more than enough damage to the Bulls. For crying out loud mind your own business - unless of,of course, you are prepared to answer a lot of embarrasing questions
It was mainly due to your incompetence Hood that we findourselves in the "mire." You've done more than enough damage to the Bulls. For crying out loud mind your own business - unless of,of course, you are prepared to answer a lot of embarrasing questions Kellington Bull
  • Score: 2

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