Noble hopes for Bradford revival

Former Bradford player and coach Brian Noble says the Bulls are in danger of losing even more fans with the club going into administration once again.

Noble played for Bradford in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and spent five successful years as coach of the club from 2001 to 2006.

The 55-year old believes the Bulls are still potentialy as big as they have ever been.

“My hope is that the next people that take it on are as enthusiastic as I am about a big city club and can maybe tackle the issues that clearly haven’t been tackled for the last ten years,” he told Love Rugby League.

“I love the club with a passion, i think it’s an unbelievable club. The danger is they lose more and more spectators, another generation of fans have gone.

“It looks like they’re going to get back to the league they’re in, they might get clobbered with 10 points off, which effectively takes them out of the top four for another year.

“So its got to have clear hopes and aspirations and a little bit of money behind it but potentially it’s still as big as its ever been and I just really, really genuinely hope that the next people that take it on treat it with the love and respect that the Caisleys did, the Elliotts did, and the Smiths did, the nobles did and Peter deakin that originally started it back in 1996 and rebooted it.

Whatever happens with the ownership, Noble believes Rohan Smith is the right coach for Bradford.

“I know him, first when I was assistant coach with Brian, but I’ve also kept in touch with him when I’ve been out in australia as I do every year,” he said.

“I go down there to look at trends and meet different clubs, I’ve also bumped into Rohan, and we get on really well.

“i do think he’s the right man for the job. I hope he’s given the support he deserves for the same reasons I gave before.

“It’s potentially still a very, very big club.”


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