CHAIRMAN Marc Green has this evening made the following statement, ahead of Friday's visit of Hull Kingston Rovers.
Mr Green, who took over the Bradford Bulls reins back in March, says club officials will next week decide whether to take further action regarding the decision by an Independent Sporting Sanctions Appeal Panel to uphold the six-point deduction suffered earlier this year.
In addition, Mr Green has paid tribute to the efforts of outgoing coach Francis Cummins and his assistant, Lee St Hilaire, while looking to the future.
He said: “What has happened over the past two weeks regarding the depature of Francis and Lee and the points appeal verdict requires no repeating, as it has been covered adequately enough in the press and across social media channels.
“The obvious question is – where this leaves us as a club and, equally importantly, as a business. After all, we have lost ground on the teams directly above us, lost our appeal and now parted company with our head coach and his assistant.
“Before I embark on the answer to the first part of the question I would like once again to thank both Francis and Lee for the manner in which they have conducted themselves during the time I have been at the helm and the dignity they demonstrated this week. I'm sure all Bulls supporters, like ourselves, would like to wish them all the best in their future careers.
“In respect of the points deduction, despite this being unpopular with others in the game, the club will be making a decision next week as to whether to take matters to the High Court. While I appreciate the comments made suggesting we should accept our medicine and move on, I can only acquiesce to such thought process if I am satisfied the original decision was correct.
“Just because a doctor provides a diagnosis, it does not mean you are not entitled to a second opinion. The issues surrounding the points deduction and our appeal were and remain extremely complex.
“However, we believe the decision reached by the Sporting Sanctions Appeals Panel was not only flawed but completely wrong and, as a result, I am willing to continue fighting the fight for this great club.
“Whether we decide to continue in our quest to win back the points or not, the business is starting to lay strong foundations. If we are able to retain Super League status, we will continue to develop accordingly. If, however, we are relegated, we will put every effort into returning in the quickest time possible. The club will operate a full-time first team and there will be no redundancies as a result of relegation, in any department.
“To achieve this we need the buy in of everyone, the players, staff, sponsors, advertisers and, of course, you, our supporters.
“This plea is not aimed at you, our faithful and loyal supporters, as you have demonstrated you will remain steadfast. It is aimed at those who may have distanced themselves from the club in recent times.
“I recall, thinking of the other shaped ball, teams such as Manchester City – who at one stage slumped to the third tier of English football – Manchester United, Newcastle United and Sunderland all relegated.
“As a result, they found themselves going up against the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil and Exeter City to name but a few. I also recall teams, such as, Luton Town, Coventry City, and Wimbledon, who were all regular top-flight teams, who even went on to win trophies, but have failed to return.
“You may ask what was the fundamental difference? The answer is simple, it is you – the supporters. The teams who have returned to the lofty heights of the top flight of football's Premier Division (and did so before being purchased by the billionaires currently owning them), did so because their crowds never dropped and their fans bought into the plan, which is what I am asking ours to do, should the remainder of the season not pan out as we all hope.
“We recently celebrated the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and, while I and no doubt most of you are to young to have been there, the success of the operation was only achieved as a result of a combined effort by all forces, in complete contrast to the tragedy of Dunkirk which came a few years earlier, when a single, stand-alone force failed.”
The Bulls return to First:Utility Super League action on Friday evening, taking on Hull Kingston Rovers from 8.00pm.
Tickets for the round-seventeen clash are still available, priced at £20 (adults), £15 (concessions), £15 (students) and £10 (juniors).
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