Bradford play again in administration

Bradford will play a sixth match in administration after the Super League club's protracted takeover talks dragged on for another week.

Cummins looking to positive future

Bradford coach Francis Cummins is starting to look to the future after gaining positive news on the club's bid to secure new owners.

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Marc Green completes Bulls takeover

Bradford Bulls have announced that Yorkshire businessman Marc Green has completed his takeover of the club.

Steve Ferres and Marc Green

Mr Green is managing director of Leeds-based Safeguard Security Group.

His takeover has been ratified by the sport's governing body, the Rugby Football League

Mr Green met with staff and players today and will retain Robbie Hunter-Paul as chief executive and has brought in Steve Ferres as managing director.


End to Bulls takeover saga in sight

The long-running saga over the battle to secure control of Bradford Bulls is close to reaching a resolution.

Administrators are thought to have secured agreement with one of the five groups seeking to buy the embattled Super League club, with an announcement expected tomorrow (Wednesday).

Bradford businessman Marc Green has emerged as frontrunner after Richard Lamb's London-based consortium failed to provide proof of funds in time.

Green's company, Safeguard Security Group Ltd, is thought to be the Bulls' biggest creditor following a loan it made to the club last September.

An offer from Mandy Koukash, wife of Salford chairman Marwan Koukash, was rejected by the administrators a week ago, while other bids from the two local football clubs, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue, are also thought to have bitten the dust.

Injury boost for Bulls

Bradford Bulls have been given good news on the injury front with both captain Matt Diskin and front-rower Adam Sidlow expected back in action much quicker than first feared.

Adam Sidlow back ahead of schedule Credit: PA

The pair were hurt in Sunday's 16-0 loss to Hull KR and appeared set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines - with Sidlow thought to have suffered a broken leg.

However, scans have revealed the problems are not as serious as they first appeared, with Sidlow out with ruptured ankle ligaments and Diskin expected to miss a month with a torn calf muscle.

"This is great news for us, given the initial prognosis," said coach Francis Cummins. Both injuries are as good as they could possibly be, I guess, meaning we should have Matt and Adam back fit fairly soon.

"These sorts of injuries are often hard to judge, but I am confident of speedy returns for them as they are in great shape otherwise. They are in the brilliant hands of our medical team and I wish them well in their respective recoveries."


Lamb favourite to come away with Bulls

London-based businessman Richard Lamb has emerged as the favourite to win the battle for Bradford Bulls after Mandy Koukash conceded defeat.

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Koukash, wife of Salford owner Marwan, had been seen as the most likely to succeed after joining the competition late in the bidding and expressing her very public desire to join her husband in running a Super League club.

However, she revealed on social media that she expects her bid to be rejected by the administrators, who are set to submit their recommendation to the Rugby Football League for final approval on Wednesday, with an announcement on the Bulls' ownership due before the end of the week.

"I am hearing my bid will not be the winning one," Koukash tweeted. "As I understand, the RFL has nothing to do with the decision. It is based on the highest bid to pay the old debt."

That leaves up to four others in the running - Lamb, who has already failed in one attempt to buy the beleaguered Bulls, representatives of the two local football clubs, Bradford City and Bradford Park Avenue, and debenture holder Marc Green, who is the club's biggest creditor.

It was the decision of Green to call in a loan thought to be around £250,000 he had made last September that forced Bradford into administration for the second time in two years.

Lamb, whose company Lucid Events supplied the corporate hospitality at the 2013 World Cup, has confirmed that he is still in contention.

"Waiting for feedback from administrators and RFL re bid," Lamb tweeted.

"Hopefully find out by weekend."

Lamb, who failed in a bid to take over London Welsh rugby union club in 2009, has begun to assemble a board of non-executives and has promised to give fans a say in the running of the club.

Meanwhile, Bradford have been drawn at home to Championship One club Oldham in the fourth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Mandy Koukash's bid to buy Bulls unsuccessful

Mandy Koukash appears to have conceded defeat in her bid to buy Bradford Bulls.

The wife of Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash was one of four prospective buyers for the Bulls, who are back in administration following the collapse of the latest takeover attempt.

Marwan Koukash had expressed his confidence in his wife's bid and both attended Bradford's home game against Huddersfield last Sunday.

An announcement is expected to be made by the Rugby Football League later this week but Mandy Koukash revealed on her Twitter account that she was likely to be turned down.

Mandy tweeted that her bid won't be successful

It is thought other bids came from London-based businessman Richard Lamb, who organised the corporate hospitality at the 2013 World Cup, and a consortium led by representatives of local football club Bradford Park Avenue.

Mandy Koukash, who had pledged to provide money for coach Francis Cummins to strengthen his small playing squad, has hinted that she may still have some involvement in the club.

"If possible, I would consider working with the winning bidder," she added on Twitter.

Koukash to run rule over wife's prospective Bulls buy

Marwan Koukash will be at Bradford on Sunday, casting his eye over his wife's prospective acquisition, but insists his Super League priority remains Salford, who look to get their play-off challenge back on track against Warrington on Friday night.

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Mandy Koukash, wife of the colourful Salford owner, has confirmed that her bid to buy the Bulls from the administrators was lodged ahead of the Thursday deadline and she must now wait until next week to discover if she is successful.

Blake Solly, the Rugby Football League's director of licensing and standards, said: "The administrator called for all bids to be in by the close of play on Thursday.

"We'll be working with the administrator over the weekend to assess those bids so there should be an announcement early next week on the successful bid."

Marwan Koukash Credit: Press Association

The RFL has no objection to the Koukash family adding two Super League clubs to their string of successful racehorses and the one-time Palestinian refugee insists there would be no conflict of interests.

"Why should there be," Koukash said. "Last year we ran horses from two different yards in the same race and I never said you have to finish first and you have to be second. We provided resources to both yards and both competed on equal terms."

Cummins: Bulls need to focus on winning games

A win for the Bradford Bulls at Hull FC tonight will put them back on zero points in Super League.

The Bulls were deducted six points after entering administration for the second time in two years, but after consecutive wins over Wakefield and the London Broncos they are now just two points from getting back on an even keel.

Head Coach Francis Cummins says the team need to focus on winning games:

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