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Bradford Bulls coach Mick Potter: Long process turning into 'farce'
Frustrated Bulls coach Mick Potter has branded the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the club “a farce” and believes it should have been resolved by now.
The Rugby Football League yesterday confirmed that four bids were on the table for the Bulls, with the offers understood to be from Super League Europe, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue and a consortium led by Gerry Sutcliffe and Omar Khan.
A deadline of next Tuesday has now been set for the bidders to present a concrete business plan for the club.
Yet Potter, who along with his coaching staff has been working without pay since being made redundant by administrator Bren-dan Guilfoyle on July 2, believes the whole process has already dragged on far too long.
He said: “This has been going on since June and you would think that people in the know and with proposals would have developed some sort of business plan by now.
“It just amazes me that this process can be dragged out and dragged out – it’s ridiculous.
“It’s just a farce because it has gone on for too long. The less said about this process and some people involved in it the better.”
Potter refused to comment on how long he would continue working without pay and expressed frustration about what he perceived was a lack of communication from Guilfoyle towards players and staff.
With reference to the players, he said: “These are the guys who throw themselves down, yet nobody pays them the courtesy of actually standing in front of them and telling them what’s going on.”
The Bulls squad face another crucial match this weekend when they travel to Huddersfield.
John Bateman returns after missing the past four matches due to his involvement with the England Academy side on their tour of Australia.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have announced they will be increasing the monies payable to the Bulls for Sunday’s game over and above the standard ten per cent pre-sales only scheme that operates throughout Super league.
All monies generated will be passed over to the Bulls’ hardship fund and Huddersfield’s business development manager and Odsal legend Robbie Hunter-Paul saluted the move.
He said: “The Bulls are obviously going through tough times and we know that there are a lot of people up there working for free right now.
“But the hardship funds gives supporters an opportunity to make sure that the money goes straight to the people who need it.
“This is another great way of supporting the Bulls in their hour of need and I’m urging as many of their fans as possible to turn out on Sunday.
“Having enjoyed so many glorious years as a Bradford player, I know the boost that fans can give to their team with their formidable presence and I’ve no doubt that they will bring a huge army on Sunday.”