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New Bradford Bulls owner Omar Khan ‘is no Abramovich’
Former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe tonight warned that Bradford Bulls’ new owner is “no Roman Abramovich” and would need the support of businesses in the city to return the former rugby league club to glory.
The Bradford South MP and honorary chairman of Omar Khan’s OK Bulls Limited said it would take about 30 months to bring the troubled side to financial stability, with the amount of time it takes dependant on help from investors to transform Odsal Stadium into the “Wembley of the North”.
Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus at the club’s ground yesterday, Mr Sutcliffe said: “This is no Roman Abramovich. There’s not an endless pot of money. This is someone who’s prepared to invest what he has, but we hope that the positive gesture Omar has made is reciprocated by people in Bradford.”
Mr Sutcliffe and Mr Khan, who have been in charge for little more than a week since saving the club from the brink of liquidation, said they had been contacted by “lots of people with lots of ideas” for Odsal but were unable to plan for the future until the Bulls’ Super League status is secured.