Super League: Bradford Bulls chairman Marc Green sets targets for short and long term
Last Updated: 07/05/14 3:35pm
Bradford owner Marc Green has no regrets over his decision to take over the struggling Super League club, insisting everyone is doing their best to try and turn the situation around.
The Bulls currently sit bottom of the table and are still in negative points following a six-point deduction handed to them for going into administration.
"As I've said before my primary plan at the moment is to ensure survival this season in Super League. We have a long-term plan for the club, which will secure its future at Odsal for many years to come."
They were thrashed 84-6 by Wigan on Easter Monday, their worst-ever defeat in the competition, prompting managing director Steve Ferres to issue an apology that branded the result "truly woeful" and "embarrassing".
Speaking to Boots 'n' All, Green - who completed his takeover in March - admitted Bradford had experienced some tough times on and off the pitch but remained focused on securing a brighter future, both in the short and long term.
"None at all," he replied, when asked if he since had any second thoughts about his purchase of the Bulls.
"The club is where it is at the moment, we are fighting and working behind the scenes to do everything we can, from a business point of view, to strengthen it.
"The players are doing their best, despite what the score may have shown at the weekend, to do their part.
"As I've said before my primary plan at the moment is to ensure survival this season in Super League. We have a long-term plan for the club, which will secure its future at Odsal for many years to come.
"We are currently looking at the way to restore ownership of the ground to the club, as well as many other projects we have in place to restore the club to its former glories."
The Bulls have lodged an appeal against the penalty handed down by the Rugby Football League for going into administration, with an independent panel set to hear their case.
Green refused to be drawn on his thoughts about the possible outcome, instead pointing out that he had simply made use of a process open and available to all 14 top-flight teams. The move, however, has not gone down well with everyone, with Wakefield counterpart Michael Carter threatening to quit the sport if Bradford are successful.
"The only thing I'm confident in is the process that exists for the club to use," Green told Sky Sports. "The appeals system is there for the benefit of all the clubs.
"I'm not going to pre-empt what the panel are going to find as their results.
"We are going to present our case and we clearly believe that we have a reasonable argument, otherwise we wouldn't be spending our money to bring the case before a tribunal.
"I'm hopeful, but I have to accept whether it is good, bad or indifferent that that is what the process is there for.
"I've heard comments that have been made, for argument's sake, by the chairman of Wakefield. While I can empathise his position, the panel is there for the benefit all 14 teams. Everyone buys into having one. Everybody who buys into it has to buy into every club being allowed to use it."