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Bradford Bulls sack coach

Struggling Super League club Bradford Bulls are looking for a new coach after sacking Francis Cummins. Captain Matt Diskin will take charge of the team for Friday night's game against Hull KR.

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Diskin "reluctantly" takes over

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Bradford captain Matt Diskin has condemned the Bulls for sacking head coach Francis Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire.

The 32-year-old hooker, who has reluctantly agreed to take over as caretaker player-coach until the club make a permanent appointment, took to Twitter to make clear his unhappiness over their decision to axe the coaches in the aftermath of Sunday's 46-18 defeat at Salford.

In a statement issued by the club, Diskin said he would ensure the players would be properly prepared to face Hull KR in their next Super League match at Odsal on Friday night while insisting that he had no desire to keep the job long term.

Diskin then tweeted: "Following the club's press release, on my behalf I would like to add the following: We have to respect the board's decision regarding the dismissal of Francis and Lee.

"Saying that, we don't have to agree with it and personally I think it is the wrong decision in regards to the club's long-term future.

"The facts are that we are in a results-based industry and, as a group of players, we have not transferred the skills, game plans and attitude that is of a high standard on the training field into our competitive games.

"This is something the some of most successful coaches in the world would struggle to remedy.

"The players are ultimately at fault and should shoulder the blame for the club's league position.

"My role as coach until a new one arrives is a responsibility I have reluctantly accepted and have the encouragement of both Francis and Lee for which I'm greatly appreciative."

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