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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Leeds Carnegie "disappointed" at Lowes' departure

Leeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan, said the club was "disappointed' to be losing James Lowes but understood his desire to return to Bradford Bulls and wished him well.

Our search for a new coach begins immediately. Myself and Director of Rugby, Chris Gibson, will take our time to find the right man. This may take some time and in the meantime I will oversee the coaching staff and pre-season arrangements. All the players return from the off season next week in preparation for a very big year as we strive to realise our Premiership ambitions.

– LEeds Carnegie chairman, Sir Ian McGeechan

This has come out of the blue and has developed very quickly and whilst we are disappointed with the outcome we have come to a satisfactory agreement with James and the Bulls and we wish them both well.

– Leeds Carnegie Chief Executive, Gary Hetherington

Lowes is "right man for the job"

Lowes will begin coaching the Bulls' first team tomorrow morning before leading Bradford into First:Utility Super League against his former employers on Sunday afternoon. Bulls chairman Marc Green said they were "absolutely delighted" to have someone of Lowes calibre as their new head coach.

As a board of directors, we recognise his talents, what he has achieved in the game, the names he has worked under and alongside in previous roles and also what he achieved last season with Leeds Carnegie. Regardless of what division we play in next year, we believe James is the right man to drive this club forward and into a new era. We have been working extremely hard to ensure we have the right man for the job and are confident James can achieve great things, both in the short term and in the long term.

– Bulls chairman Marc Green

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Bulls will be "fired up" says caretaker coach

Bradford caretaker coach Matt Diskin has promised his side will be "fired up" for Friday night's clash with Hull KR.

Matt Diskin
Matt Diskin Credit: Press Association

Diskin has been left to pick up the pieces following the Bulls' crushing 46-18 defeat at Salford last Sunday and the subsequent sacking of head coach Francis Cummins and his long-serving assistant Lee St Hilaire.

Victory against the Robins is a must if Bradford are to keep alive their slender hopes of avoiding relegation from the First Utility Super League and Diskin believes the players are ready for the fight.

Not surprisingly, Diskin has selected himself and, after expressing his dismay at the latest turn of events and agreeing reluctantly to step into the breach, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his first coaching experience.

Diskin holds his head as his team are beaten during the Tetley's Challenge Cup Quarter Final
Diskin holds his head as his team are beaten during the Tetley's Challenge Cup Quarter Final Credit: Press Association

Cummins labelled his side's defensive efforts against the Red Devils "pathetic" and Diskin knows they must improve drastically if they are overcome a Hull KR side who have themselves conceded 88 points in their last two matches.

The Robins have slipped out of the top eight after suffering heavy back-to-back defeats by Castleford and Warrington and coach Craig Sandercock is hoping a win at Odsal will kick-start their campaign.

Bulls desperate to hit back - Diskin

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Bradford Bulls' caretaker coach Matt Diskin has promised his side will be "fired up" for tonight's clash with Hull KR.

Diskin has been left to pick up the pieces following the Bulls' crushing 46-18 defeat at Salford last Sunday and the subsequent sacking of head coach Francis Cummins and his long-serving assistant Lee St Hilaire.

Victory against the Robins is a must if Bradford are to keep alive their slender hopes of avoiding relegation from the First Utility Super League and Diskin believes the players are ready for the fight.

"We are smarting as a group and are desperate to respond," the former Leeds hooker said.

"With that in mind, I believe our supporters can expect to witness a fired-up Bulls team tonight. I think it goes without saying that we have only one aim."

Not surprisingly, Diskin has selected himself and, after expressing his dismay at the latest turn of events and agreeing reluctantly to step into the breach, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his first coaching experience.

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