Bradford Bulls’ owner Omar Khan says administrators of the defunct former outfit owe him £38,500 for bills he paid before he saved the club from the brink of liquidation.
Club honorary chairman Gerry Sutcliffe said the restaurant boss was in dispute with administrators The P&A Partnership over money he says he paid towards pension contributions, flights and wages from before he took over the Super League side on August 31 last year.
The Telegraph & Argus reported on Saturday how both parties are in dispute over who owed who cash and that it had led to Mr Khan delaying the final £25,000 installment of his £150,000 payment for the club by two months.
A progress report for creditors, dated January 28, stated the new OK Bulls company owes £15,200 for expenses incurred by the administrators for the club’s home game against Hull FC the day after Mr Khan took over.
But former Sports Minister Mr Sutcliffe said Mr Khan had been left out of pocket after paying pension contributions amounting to £13,500, an August wage bill of £13,000 and flights for overseas players costing £12,000 – totalling £38,500.
A meeting had been due to be held between Mr Khan, the Bradford South MP and the administrators to discuss the payments on Monday, but it was postponed.
Mr Sutcliffe said he was keen for the meeting to be rearranged as soon as possible so both parties could reach an “amicable” resolution.
“We want to come to a sensible agreement. We know the administrators have a job to do, but it’s got to be a fair settlement,” he said.
“We are talking about a substantial sum of money and this needs to be resolved as soon as possible.
“The administrators are getting substantial pay and need to recognise that we are a new business.
“We want to resolve this amicably, but we’re not going to roll over. There are questions to be asked.”
Joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, of The P&A Partnership, which has billed for £288,631 of work since Bradford Bulls Holdings went into administration, was not available for comment last night.
However, he has previously confirmed a meeting would be held to discuss the “apportionment of things on either side of the takeover”.