Bradford Bulls in no rush to appoint permanent head coach as club chase ‘genuine shot’ at promotion

Josh McAllister
Bradford Bulls, SWPIx.

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Bradford Bulls will stick by interim boss Lee Greenwood alongside Brian Noble for the remainder of the 2023 Championship campaign.

The side have also reiterated their goals of achieving a top four finish and a ‘genuine shot’ at promotion.

The Championship side are unbeaten in their last five fixtures following the departure of Mark Dunning, including four wins and the recent 22-22 draw with Halifax Panthers.

Dunning left the club in eighth position following his departure in May, having originally taken over from John Kear on a permanent basis last July.

He has since been appointed as Midlands Hurricanes’ new boss in League 1, but you do not need to be a betting expert to know he had left the odds stacked against the Bulls in their bid to get back into Super League.

However, the recent run of form has seen the Odsal Stadium outfit rise to fifth on the Championship table with 15 rounds gone, just one point behind both Sheffield and Toulouse.

In an open letter to fans, chief executive Jason Hirst says that the club do not plan to make any changes to the coaching team until the 2024 campaign.

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“We do not envisage making any changes to the first team coaching arrangements at the club before the end of the 2023 season,” said Hirst.

“Under the interim leadership of Lee Greenwood and Brian Noble there has been a positive and visible improvement in performances.

“The players are enjoying the new regime, as are the coaches, to whom the club are indebted.

“The recruitment process remains ongoing with a view to determining and installing the right coaching set up for season 2024 onwards.

“In the meantime, we ask all our loyal supporters to continue to back Lee, Brian, the players and club, as we enter the business end of the season firmly on track to achieve our pre-season target of a top four finish and a genuine shot at promotion in the end of season play-offs.

“Yesterday’s capture of Lee Gaskell signifies that intent and guided by Brian and Lee, we are continually looking to further strengthen an already strong squad.

“Your support can and does make an incredible difference, thank you.”

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