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Diskin rules out permanent role

17th of June 2014
Diskin rules out permanent role

Bradford Bulls captain Matt Diskin insists he has no ambitions to succeed Francis Cummins.

Bradford captain Matt Diskin insists he has no ambitions to succeed Francis Cummins as he begins the task of preparing the Bulls for Friday's home game against Hull KR.

The 32-year-old former Leeds Rhinos hooker has been placed in temporary charge, under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres, following the club's decision to part company with head coach Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire.

"These are not ideal circumstances for us as a club or as a team," Diskin said. "However I am, as captain of the Bradford Bulls, the next in line to guide the team into battle.

"Having said that, I do not for one minute believe or see this as an opportunity to achieve anything as a coach. It is a short-term fix. I am standing in and have no intention of continuing in this role long-term."

Diskin is expected to be in charge for Friday's First Utility Super League game as Bradford begin the search for a long-term successor.

Former Bulls coach Brian Noble, out of work since being sacked by Salford Red Devils in April, has been linked with the vacancy and another former player and hooker, James Lowes, who is on a rolling contract as head coach of rugby union side Leeds Carnegie, admits he is interested in the job.

"I'd like to at least sit down and talk with (owner) Marc Green to hear his plans," Lowes said. "That would be the first step and it would be nice to meet with the bloke."

Lowes, 44, who was briefly head coach of Warrington Wolves in 2008-09, applied for the Bradford job when Australian Mick Potter was appointed as the successor to Steve McNamara ahead of the 2011 season.

"I didn't even get a reply to my application, which was very disappointing and left a sour taste," he said. "But it's obviously a job I'd love to do whether it's now or in the future. It's Bradford Bulls - it's my club."

Lowes was at the heart of Bradford's success at the start of Super League, when they were crowned champions four times in nine years and twice won the Challenge Cup.

John Kear, who in 2006 famously kept Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League and is currently coaching Batley on a part-time basis, and former Bradford player and current Dewsbury coach Glenn Morrison are also possible candidates.

Bradford say they will take their time to appoint a successor to Cummins, who paid the price for the club's failure to pull away from the relegation zone.

The Bulls are in a seemingly hopeless position, eight points adrift of Wakefield with 11 fixtures left of the regular season after failing in their bid to have their points deduction for going into administration overturned on appeal.

But Diskin says the players will be out to redeem themselves for their 46-18 defeat by the Red Devils.

"I have to ensure we are ready to face Hull KR," he said. "I think it goes without saying, we are all looking forward to this game.

"As a team, we are hurting as we feel we have let people down. It has led to the removal of our head coach and assistant head coach.

"We owe a response to them, like we do to our loyal supporters and everyone connected to the club."


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