Bradford Bulls' revival will take time, says Jimmy Lowes

James Lowes looks on as the Bulls slip to defeat against Warrington

James Lowes looks on as the Bulls slip to defeat against Warrington

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JIMMY Lowes admitted there would “no quick fix” as the Bulls slumped to a 50-24 defeat at Warrington in his first game in charge.

The new Bradford boss saw his side concede three tries at the start of the first half and four in ten minutes at the beginning of the second period.

Despite edging closer towards relegation, Lowes took heart from the character his men showed in fighting to the bitter end, which produced three tries in the final quarter.

Lowes, who succeeded Francis Cummins last week and had ten months in charge of Warrington between 2008 and 2009, said: “I learned quite a lot today but it's not all doom and gloom.

“We were beaten by a very good side who put sides to the sword early on and they did that to us at the start of each half.

“We are in a fight but the guys are ready for it.”

Lowes, who won six trophies in eight years as a player at Bradford, added: “We played some good stuff but there are some massive areas we need to work on and that’s not changed.

“I'm looking forward to the challenge and the lads are as well, so let's see where we are in a month's time.

"There is no quick fix but we will fight all the way to our last game irrespective of our position.

“I’m not pleased because we got beat in a rugby match but it’s not about being pleased, it's about putting things right and we’ll try and do that.”

The Bulls are appealing to the High Court against their six-point deduction by the Rugby Football League for going into administration for the second time in 18 months.

But yesterday’s this defeat leaves them nine points adrift of third from bottom Salford with only nine games left.

Lowes added: “It’s been a turbulent ride for the boys, not just the past couple of weeks but the past couple of years.

“It will affect them mentally so anybody out there expecting a quick fix; it’s not going to happen.

“I’m sure the players will work hard over the coming weeks.”

Lowes said he would seek to add to his squad, adding: “We’ll look to do that but I wouldn’t imagine there would be any drastic changes to the squad over the next month.”

Warrington coach Tony Smith said: “I'm pleased Jimmy is back in rugby league because he's a rugby league man and I knew he was keen to return.

“But he has a lot of work to do and Bradford need to clean up some stuff before they can go forward.”

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8:06am Mon 30 Jun 14

bully4us says...

I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years.
I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years. bully4us
  • Score: 20

8:12am Mon 30 Jun 14

Shipley Paul says...

I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.
I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding. Shipley Paul
  • Score: 21

8:30am Mon 30 Jun 14

Bowlingboy says...

I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood.
and a regroup next year of championship players who want it.
that way we have something to build on.
I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood. and a regroup next year of championship players who want it. that way we have something to build on. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 15

9:31am Mon 30 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

Well, Jimmy you have the rest of this season and the next to revive the club regardless of your 3 year contract. If green shoots are not appearing by the end of the first year in the Championship then I cannot see Mr Green continuing your tenure. Start right away, Jimmy. Let the deadwood know they are playing for their livelihoods even though it may not be with the Bulls, although sides known for collecting deadwood may recruit them. Let's see a bit of urgency and momentum beginning to build. Let's offload, if we can, those that give nothing but still are getting paid for it. Let's see what the youth has got to offer as they need to battle hardened for the Championship. Let's not buy a team that may get us out at the first go but build on what we have and those who want to play for the Bulls with passion and spirit. Above all, let's see some positive action taking place at Odsal with regards to where we are and where we will be. Let's see that Plan B coming into effect, quickly, Jimmy.
Well, Jimmy you have the rest of this season and the next to revive the club regardless of your 3 year contract. If green shoots are not appearing by the end of the first year in the Championship then I cannot see Mr Green continuing your tenure. Start right away, Jimmy. Let the deadwood know they are playing for their livelihoods even though it may not be with the Bulls, although sides known for collecting deadwood may recruit them. Let's see a bit of urgency and momentum beginning to build. Let's offload, if we can, those that give nothing but still are getting paid for it. Let's see what the youth has got to offer as they need to battle hardened for the Championship. Let's not buy a team that may get us out at the first go but build on what we have and those who want to play for the Bulls with passion and spirit. Above all, let's see some positive action taking place at Odsal with regards to where we are and where we will be. Let's see that Plan B coming into effect, quickly, Jimmy. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 10

9:32am Mon 30 Jun 14

Forever-Bfd says...

I agree with all the above (wish I didn't) think it should have been sorted months ago then we could move on. Want to get back to enjoying going to the games which ever division we are in.
I agree with all the above (wish I didn't) think it should have been sorted months ago then we could move on. Want to get back to enjoying going to the games which ever division we are in. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 12

10:02am Mon 30 Jun 14

bullybullman says...

bully4us wrote:
I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years.
Spot on said the same thing yesterday we spend a fortune watching our side get thrashed week in week out is not entertainment !

I think the high court action is to try & expose the wrong doings of the RFL & I heard a little whisper Mr Koukash is helping fund this appeal.
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years.[/p][/quote]Spot on said the same thing yesterday we spend a fortune watching our side get thrashed week in week out is not entertainment ! I think the high court action is to try & expose the wrong doings of the RFL & I heard a little whisper Mr Koukash is helping fund this appeal. bullybullman
  • Score: 6

11:23am Mon 30 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

bullybullman wrote:
bully4us wrote: I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years.
Spot on said the same thing yesterday we spend a fortune watching our side get thrashed week in week out is not entertainment ! I think the high court action is to try & expose the wrong doings of the RFL & I heard a little whisper Mr Koukash is helping fund this appeal.
If the good doctor was helping out with the court costs then that would be amazing. I must admit the RFL's role over the last 12 months has stunk to high heaven, and I for one would contribute to the court proceedings if it helped uncover the TRUTH. That's all we as fans want.

With regards relegation it may be an oppotunity to get rid of those players that either a) simply aren't good enough or b) don't have the stomach/heart to battle for for their team mates, the club and the fans. Getting 50 plus points put past us regularly does us no good. Let's get in the Championship, cut our cloth accordingly and hope that the majority of fans stick by the club and we'll come back stronger.
[quote][p][bold]bullybullman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: I now think it will be better if Salford and Wakey win a couple more games and finally put us out of our misery. The club can then openly start to prepare for the fight in the championship. Continually putting on an act that we still have a chance is wearing thin on supporters. Life in the championship will be more entertaining than it has been in the SL over the last 7-8 years.[/p][/quote]Spot on said the same thing yesterday we spend a fortune watching our side get thrashed week in week out is not entertainment ! I think the high court action is to try & expose the wrong doings of the RFL & I heard a little whisper Mr Koukash is helping fund this appeal.[/p][/quote]If the good doctor was helping out with the court costs then that would be amazing. I must admit the RFL's role over the last 12 months has stunk to high heaven, and I for one would contribute to the court proceedings if it helped uncover the TRUTH. That's all we as fans want. With regards relegation it may be an oppotunity to get rid of those players that either a) simply aren't good enough or b) don't have the stomach/heart to battle for for their team mates, the club and the fans. Getting 50 plus points put past us regularly does us no good. Let's get in the Championship, cut our cloth accordingly and hope that the majority of fans stick by the club and we'll come back stronger. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 0

11:44am Mon 30 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Bowlingboy wrote:
I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood.
and a regroup next year of championship players who want it.
that way we have something to build on.
Name them BB
[quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood. and a regroup next year of championship players who want it. that way we have something to build on.[/p][/quote]Name them BB axelf1963
  • Score: -1

12:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Looks like a bonding session in the Chapel House was the order of the day, Sure if any fans want to ask the team anything that's the place to find them.
Looks like a bonding session in the Chapel House was the order of the day, Sure if any fans want to ask the team anything that's the place to find them. axelf1963
  • Score: -2

12:49pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Shipley Paul wrote:
I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.
Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows.
[quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.[/p][/quote]Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -1

1:09pm Mon 30 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R.
Have you got a fetish with Khan.You must go to sleep every night with him on your mind.He has gone,never to be seen at Odsal again.Get over it.
T.V.O.R. Have you got a fetish with Khan.You must go to sleep every night with him on your mind.He has gone,never to be seen at Odsal again.Get over it. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Mon 30 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Shipley Paul wrote:
I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.
Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows.
TVOR Hopefully this will be the last time I need to tell you this
I AM NOT IN COMPANY WITH ANYBODY ELSE. My thoughts are my own and I stand by them.

I never said Khan left the club in a stronger position when he left. I do think he tried his best, lost a lot of money and was the only guy prepared to stump up the money when the club went into admin 1st time

Once again you have misquoted me but you never let the facts get in the way of your argument

Can you please tell me though what the hell anything to do with the Bradford Bulls has to do with you and why you waste your time on them?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.[/p][/quote]Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows.[/p][/quote]TVOR Hopefully this will be the last time I need to tell you this I AM NOT IN COMPANY WITH ANYBODY ELSE. My thoughts are my own and I stand by them. I never said Khan left the club in a stronger position when he left. I do think he tried his best, lost a lot of money and was the only guy prepared to stump up the money when the club went into admin 1st time Once again you have misquoted me but you never let the facts get in the way of your argument Can you please tell me though what the hell anything to do with the Bradford Bulls has to do with you and why you waste your time on them? bradfordbronco
  • Score: -1

2:01pm Mon 30 Jun 14

salford red says...

the doc helping fund appeal.. perhaps mrs koukash is still interested in buying the bulls ?????
the doc helping fund appeal.. perhaps mrs koukash is still interested in buying the bulls ????? salford red
  • Score: 4

2:47pm Mon 30 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Shipley Paul wrote:
I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.
Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows.
TVOR Hopefully this will be the last time I need to tell you this
I AM NOT IN COMPANY WITH ANYBODY ELSE. My thoughts are my own and I stand by them.

I never said Khan left the club in a stronger position when he left. I do think he tried his best, lost a lot of money and was the only guy prepared to stump up the money when the club went into admin 1st time

Once again you have misquoted me but you never let the facts get in the way of your argument

Can you please tell me though what the hell anything to do with the Bradford Bulls has to do with you and why you waste your time on them?
Wait until the revelation about the "independent sporting panels" findings, don't become public by order of the RFL doesn't come out.
he'll either go very quite or quickly implode.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shipley Paul[/bold] wrote: I think all Bulls fans will agree with that. I personally can't see the point in spending huge amounts of cash appealing the points deduction though. A small fortune was spent fighting the Iestyn Harris battle and that contributed to our financial meltdown. Surely better to put that money into team rebuilding.[/p][/quote]Bronco and Co think it's money well spent. Then again Bronco also praised Khan for his time at the club and for putting the club in a much stronger position when he left. So it shows what he knows.[/p][/quote]TVOR Hopefully this will be the last time I need to tell you this I AM NOT IN COMPANY WITH ANYBODY ELSE. My thoughts are my own and I stand by them. I never said Khan left the club in a stronger position when he left. I do think he tried his best, lost a lot of money and was the only guy prepared to stump up the money when the club went into admin 1st time Once again you have misquoted me but you never let the facts get in the way of your argument Can you please tell me though what the hell anything to do with the Bradford Bulls has to do with you and why you waste your time on them?[/p][/quote]Wait until the revelation about the "independent sporting panels" findings, don't become public by order of the RFL doesn't come out. he'll either go very quite or quickly implode. raisemeup
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Bowlingboy says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Bowlingboy wrote:
I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood.
and a regroup next year of championship players who want it.
that way we have something to build on.
Name them BB
most of the squad given performances and results thus far,
are you just been argumentative?

I remember Brian Smith having a clear out, then a rebuilding stage and look what happened there!

I also remember the outrage it caused when they sold Newlove, as it happened it was a master stroke,
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bowlingboy[/bold] wrote: I hope there is a big clear out of the over paid dead wood. and a regroup next year of championship players who want it. that way we have something to build on.[/p][/quote]Name them BB[/p][/quote]most of the squad given performances and results thus far, are you just been argumentative? I remember Brian Smith having a clear out, then a rebuilding stage and look what happened there! I also remember the outrage it caused when they sold Newlove, as it happened it was a master stroke, Bowlingboy
  • Score: 1

3:19pm Mon 30 Jun 14

bully4us says...

Some supporters see the fact that all contracts are torn up if relegated as a bad thing. It might just help us as we can wave good bye to some. There are still a few I would keep and hope Jimmy can get their minds right but we need to be signing them up now.

I heard Disco on the radio saying there is a massive black hole of players in the youth teams as most have left in these last few seasons. We don't have the youngsters we once had and this will take a few seasons to sign and build them again ready for first team rugby.

We may need to sign players for next year and after till we have the youngsters again. We may not come straight back up at the first attempt.
Some supporters see the fact that all contracts are torn up if relegated as a bad thing. It might just help us as we can wave good bye to some. There are still a few I would keep and hope Jimmy can get their minds right but we need to be signing them up now. I heard Disco on the radio saying there is a massive black hole of players in the youth teams as most have left in these last few seasons. We don't have the youngsters we once had and this will take a few seasons to sign and build them again ready for first team rugby. We may need to sign players for next year and after till we have the youngsters again. We may not come straight back up at the first attempt. bully4us
  • Score: 5

4:30pm Mon 30 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Well one of my four for next seasons tilt Featherstone have taken a massive hit with the departure of their millionaire backer and another of the big backers.That,unfortu
nately will make a massive dent in their attempt at promotion.
Well one of my four for next seasons tilt Featherstone have taken a massive hit with the departure of their millionaire backer and another of the big backers.That,unfortu nately will make a massive dent in their attempt at promotion. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

10:36pm Mon 30 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

TVOR yet again avoiding the question. "What does anything to do with the Bradford Bulls have to do with you and why do you waste your time following them so closely?"

You also avoid apologising for wrongly quoting anybody. I've had to point out many times things you've accused me of saying which I never did.

I hope your silence means you've finally found something useful to do with your time. I think you will benefit if you found a positive pastime rather than just the constant negativity in you life. What about getting out and about and getting some exercise and fresh air
TVOR yet again avoiding the question. "What does anything to do with the Bradford Bulls have to do with you and why do you waste your time following them so closely?" You also avoid apologising for wrongly quoting anybody. I've had to point out many times things you've accused me of saying which I never did. I hope your silence means you've finally found something useful to do with your time. I think you will benefit if you found a positive pastime rather than just the constant negativity in you life. What about getting out and about and getting some exercise and fresh air bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

4:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Out of site says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
TVOR yet again avoiding the question. "What does anything to do with the Bradford Bulls have to do with you and why do you waste your time following them so closely?"

You also avoid apologising for wrongly quoting anybody. I've had to point out many times things you've accused me of saying which I never did.

I hope your silence means you've finally found something useful to do with your time. I think you will benefit if you found a positive pastime rather than just the constant negativity in you life. What about getting out and about and getting some exercise and fresh air
Or just grow up.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: TVOR yet again avoiding the question. "What does anything to do with the Bradford Bulls have to do with you and why do you waste your time following them so closely?" You also avoid apologising for wrongly quoting anybody. I've had to point out many times things you've accused me of saying which I never did. I hope your silence means you've finally found something useful to do with your time. I think you will benefit if you found a positive pastime rather than just the constant negativity in you life. What about getting out and about and getting some exercise and fresh air[/p][/quote]Or just grow up. Out of site
  • Score: 1

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