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Potter in Super League U-turn

Australian Mick Potter is to coach ailing Bradford in Sunday's Super League match against the London Broncos - despite being one of 16 people sacked by the cash-strapped club on Monday.
Potter in Super League U-turn
by NRL

LONDON, July 4 AFP - Australian Mick Potter is to coach ailing Bradford in Sunday's Super League match against the London Broncos - despite being one of 16 people sacked by the cash-strapped club on Monday.

The former Catalan Dragons and St Helens head coach initially ruled out the chance to stay on in a voluntary capacity, with his wife Megan, who worked in the ticket office, also among those made redundant.

However, Potter - who said he'd been "stabbed in the front" changed his mind on Wednesday and told newly appointed acting chief executive Gary Tasker he would continue without pay.

Assistant coaches Francis Cummins and Lee St Hilaire will also be back at work when the Bulls squad train on Thursday to prepare for the home game against the Broncos.

"It's a great gesture from Mick and his team," said Tasker, also working for expenses only as a short-term replacement for Ryan Duckett.

Potter said a meeting with the players on Tuesday had changed his mind.

"We felt obliged to do something," he said. "It was the feeling from the players at a social gathering we went to.

"The players were pretty down and needed somebody to help them put the game on this weekend. There was a lot of heated feeling and mixed emotions.

"They just wanted some guidance. I want the Bulls to be successful and we decided to play a small part in getting the game on."

Four-time Super League champions Bradford, whose roots go back more than a hundred years, have failed in their bid to secure the STG1.2 million ($A1.8 million) they needed to see out the end of the season.

Bradford's directors filed a notice of intention to enter administration on June 13 in order to buy them more time to find investment, with UK tax authorities threatening to wind up the club over unpaid bills amounting to about STG300,000.

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, who has said he has no money to pay the players' wages which are due later this month, revealed on Tuesday he had received interest from a potential investor.

However, Guilfoyle added: "I'm hopeful but I've got a very tight deadline of next Tuesday."




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