Bradford Bulls announced this week that they have parted company with head coach Mark Dunning by mutual consent with immediate effect.
The announcement came after the Bulls were beaten 46-12 by Barrow Raiders making it three defeats on the spin for the Bulls.
The lost the second half 42-6 in what Dunning described as an “embarrassing” second half display.
The Bulls had recruited some big names in the winter and are expected to announce the signing of James Segeyaro soon.
They still have a chance at making the playoffs.
CEO Jason Hirst said of the decision: “We would like to thank Mark for his commitment and service to the club and it is disappointing that results have not reflected the hard work and commitment that he has undoubtedly shown. He leaves with our very best wishes.”
Mark Dunning himself added: “Having been at the club 10 years it has been a honour and privilege to lead the club as head coach. I would like to thank the performance staff, some often going above and beyond, and the players and I wish all concerned the very best for the future. To the fans who have followed the club far and wide, loud and proud, I thank you and hope you get the success you badly crave.”
Assistant Coach Lee Greenwood will take over on an interim basis while the club’s search for a new head coach begins.
The club have now begun that process with an open call to candidates on the club website which reads:
“The Bradford Bulls are a leading Rugby League Club, with a proud track record of winning domestic and international titles and of producing world class rugby league players.
“The club are looking to recruit an innovative Head Coach, to deliver success for our loyal supporter base and who can strongly lead, manage and support the football operation at the club.
“Applicants should email their CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 17th May 2023. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“A formal job specification will be forward to candidates invited for interview and discussed, in detail, as part of the subsequent selection process.
“Potential candidates seeking an informal conversation as to the details of the role should contact Jason Hirst (CEO) for a confidential conversation.”