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Potter feels 'deceived' after dismissal
Bradford head coach Mick Potter says he felt as if he had been "stabbed in the front" after being laid off by the administrator running the financially-stricken Super League club.
Potter lost his job, along with his wife Megan - who worked in the ticket office - and 13 other employees as part of a round of redundancies announced by Brendan Guilfoyle, who is urgently seeking a buyer to prevent the club going into liquidation.
The Bulls went into administration a week ago after the club's directors failed to raise the £1.2million they say was needed to see them through to the end of the season. An angry Potter, who was given the opportunity to continue his job unpaid, said: "I feel let down and deceived about what has been going on."
Bradford, who were the dominant team in the early days of Super League and won the title four times up to 2005, owed around £300,000 to the HM Revenue & Customs, who were poised to issue a winding-up petition.
With no money left to meet the £260,000 wage bill in July, Guilfoyle, from the Leeds-based P&A Partnership, said he was left with no alternative but to slash costs.
He says Sunday's home game against London Broncos will go ahead and has asked the players to report "back for work" at 10am on Tuesday, but who will prepare the team remains to be seen after the entire coaching staff was sacked.
Potter added: "We were kept being told about potential investors and that we were close and all the time it was s***. I feel sad for the fans and the players and all the staff who have been made redundant."
Asked whether he felt if he had been stabbed in the back, Potter said: "I have been stabbed in the front. It's a disgrace."
Chief executive Ryan Duckett, who is a member of the board of directors and a shareholder, was also among those made redundant, as well as long-serving football media manager Stuart Duffy.
"This is about survival," Guilfoyle said. "We have no cash and no funds have been offered. It is with great regret that we have had to make these redundancies but there are no alternatives. I hope this is the low point and that we can move forward."