Bradford Bulls have sacked Head Coach Francis Cummins and Assistant Coach Lee St Hilarie.
The move comes after Bradford’s 46-18 defeat to the Salford Red Devils, which leaves the Bulls 8 points from safety and favourites to be relegated alongside London Broncos. The club last week lost an appeal against their 6 point deduction for entering administration, and the club’s board now feel a change in personnel is needed in order to secure enough points from their final 11 games.
A Club Spokesman said: “This is a decision which has not been made lightly and Bradford Bulls would like to thank both Francis and Lee for their efforts over the years. Both have worked under difficult circumstances during their time here, but the club recognises that a change of direction is required. The board of directors has the upmost respect for both Francis and Lee and wish them well with their futures.”
Cummins arrived at the club in 2010 as former Head Coach Mick Potter’s assistant. He then took over from Potter at the start of last season, and almost guided the Bulls to a playoff spot. This season has been a tougher one, however, with Bradford losing 12 of their 16 games and being knocked out of the Challenge Cup in the Quarter Finals.
Club captain Matt Diskin will act as temporary player/coach, with his first task being to lift his side for Hull KR’s visit to Odsal on Friday.
Former Head Coach Brian Noble is the early frontrunner to succeed Cummins and make a return to the club in which he made his name as a coach.