James Lowes given permission to hold talks about taking charge of Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 18/06/14 6:30pm
James Lowes: Free to discuss vacant Bradford role
Leeds Carnegie head coach James Lowes has been given permission to hold talks about taking charge of Bradford Bulls.
The Championship side had suggested they were determined to keep Lowes, citing that he was under contract, but have since changed their stance after the 44-year-old, a former Bulls player, revealed his desire to discuss the role.
Leeds Carnegie's chairman Sir Ian McGeechan said: "Following our statement yesterday regarding the speculation linking James Lowes to the vacant head coach's position at Bradford Bulls, we can confirm that James has since asked the club for permission to speak with Bradford. We therefore have reluctantly agreed to his request."
Lowes is free to start negotiations about switching codes back to Bradford, who have moved quickly to secure a replacement following Monday’s departure of head coach Francis Cummins.
During a seven-year spell at Bradford from 1996-2003, Lowes scored a try in Grand Final wins over Wigan Warriors, but faces a huge task at Odsal.
Bradford have struggled badly after being docked six points for falling into administration and remain in deep trouble, eight points from safety, with just 11 matches remaining.
Captain Matt Diskin has taken over as player-coach ahead of Friday's home game against Hull KR, working under managing director Steve Ferres
Leeds missed out on promotion from the second tier after losing to London Welsh in last month's play-off semi-final.