Head coach and chief executive sacked as crisis-hit Bulls make 16 redundancies
12:46 GMT, 2 July 2012
The axe fell on staff at beleaguered Bradford Bulls when Brendan Guilfoyle, the man appointed as administrator, announced 16 redundancies.
Those sacked include head coach Mick Potter and chief executive Ryan Duckett, who is a member of the club's board of directors.
'This is an attempt to reduce our cash requirements,' Guilfoyle said.
Crisis: Sixteen people have been made redundant at Bradford Bulls
Guilfoyle says the club still intend
to fulfil Sunday's Stobart Super League home game against London Broncos
and he was due to meet the Rugby Football League this afternoon to seek
The Bulls went into administration
after the club's directors failed to raise the 1.2million they say was
needed to see them through to the end of the season.
Gone: Potter has been sacked
Bradford owed around 300,000 to the HM Revenue & Customs, who were poised to issue a winding-up petition.
'In the month of July I will need
around a quarter of a million pounds to keep the club going and I've got
20,000 maximum in the bank,' Guilfoyle said.
'I have made 16 redundancies, including Mick Potter and three coaches. I am looking at fulfilling Sunday's fixture.
'The players have been asked to
report back for work at 10 o'clock in the morning and I am going to see
the RFL this afternoon to seek their assistance.'
The news stunned the Bradford
players, with prop Nick Scruton tweeting: 'Awful day today. People lives
are been (sic) ruined with no consequences. Hope things get sorted soon
for everyone's sake.'