Bradford Bulls Announce Staff Sackings Including CEO and Coach
Bradford Bulls rugby club Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle "announced 16 redundancies," according to the PA. CEO and BOD member Ryan Duckett along with head coach Mick Potter were amongst those sacked. Guilfoyle said, "This is an attempt to reduce our cash requirements." The Bulls went into administration "after the club's directors failed to raise the £1.2M ($1.9M)" needed to see them through the season. HM Revenue & Customs was poised to "issue a winding-up petition" due to the £300,000 ($470,300) owed by the team. Guilfoyle added: "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 ($31,350) maximum in the bank" (PA, 7/2). In London, Andy Wilson wrote Potter "voiced the suspicions of thousands in Bradford and beyond" when he questioned his dismissal from the city's "once-proud" Super League club. Potter: "There's something going on here. There's something not right about what's happening." Potter also said Guilfoyle, of the Leeds-based P&A Partnership, asked him to work without pay for the rest of the season. Potter: "That's impossible ... I felt embarrassed for the person who asked the question. I'm sure he's not working for nothing as an administrator" (GUARDIAN, 7/2).