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Bradford Bulls supporters’ despair at speculation and a lack of information on potential bids for club
8:00am Wednesday 15th August 2012 in Bulls
Fans of crisis-hit Bradford Bulls last night spoke of their frustration at the “secrecy” surrounding potential takeover bids for the ailing club.
Supporters have logged on to internet forums and social networking websites to voice their despair at a lack of information and one fan, Ian Whitehead, told the Telegraph & Argus that many were “sick” of the speculation.
He said: “It’s all hush, hush. I don’t understand why there’s so much secrecy around everyone who’s put in a bid. It’s getting people down, it’s depressing people.
“I was speaking to other supporters at the Coral Stand at the weekend and all anyone was talking about was the lack of progress and the lack of information.
“This can’t drag on much longer.”
The Joint-administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, of The P&A Partnership, had expected to meet chiefs from the Rugby Football League to discuss “up to five” offers for the stricken side yesterday – but last night a spokesman from the governing body said the meeting was now scheduled to be held today.
But Mr Whitehead said: “I don’t understand why the administrator can’t tell us how many bids he has received. Even if he could say he’d received a specific number of genuine bids, that’s better than nothing.
“Deadlines come and go but we still don’t know what’s happening. We need real information.”
It is believed Mr Guilfoyle will present the RFL with details of bids he received before last Friday’s self-imposed deadline, including offers from sporting rivals Bradford City Football Club and Bradford Park Avenue, as well as a deal from Bradford curry house boss Omar Khan.
The administrator, who has not confirmed the identities of any bidders, said an offer from Super League (Europe) – which has been credited for encouraging other potential buyers to come forward – is also “still on the table”.
Bradford South MP, Gerry Sutcliffe, a former Sports Minister, who has been fronting Mr Khan’s bid, said a full business plan and proof of funds have been submitted to the administrator and they hoped to hear more later this week.
He said: “We hope the situation can be resolved as soon as possible.”
Yesterday morning, Ernie Benbow, chief executive of players’ union League 13, spoke of a complete breakdown in communication between Mr Guilfoyle and the Bulls players after it emerged they had not been paid their wages.
Mr Guilfoyle said players were told on Monday night that they might not be paid on time because its funding was coming from Super League (Europe). But it is understood players had been paid by yesterday afternoon.