Ferres humble after thrashing

  • Last Updated: April 22 2014, 12:41 BST

Bradford managing director Steve Ferres has made a public apology for the Bulls' humiliating Easter Monday defeat to Wigan.

Steve Ferres: Publicly apologised to fans over the team's display
Steve Ferres: Publicly apologised to fans over the team's display

The Bulls' 84-6 loss at the DW Stadium was their worst in Super League, eclipsing their 70-6 defeat by Hull in 2012, as Francis Cummins' team conceded 15 tries to the champions.

Ferres, who was appointed last month following Bradford's takeover by Leeds businessman Marc Green, admits the club hit a new low in their battle to avoid relegation and says an inquest into the "woeful" display is already under way.

In a statement, Ferres said: "On behalf of Bradford Bulls, I would like to apologise for what was a truly woeful and embarrassing display against Wigan Warriors.

"It was, without any doubt, the worst performance I have seen by a Super League side - and one of the worst I have ever seen.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters who gave up a bank holiday, despite the busy Easter Weekend traffic, and made the strenuous journey over the Pennines.

"Our loyal supporters stuck with the team throughout the course of what was a tortuous 80 minutes.

"The squad has hit a low point and a root-and-branch review of what went wrong, why it happened and where we are going is now under way.

"The board of directors accept they have inherited a squad, which has been stripped of talent and hampered by injuries.

"But that cannot be used as an excuse for what happened at the DW Stadium."

Ferres insists that the club's new administration remain determined to halt the slide as Cummins prepares his team for Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Catalan Dragons at Odsal.

"The club's new owner, Marc Green, is working tirelessly to improve its fortunes," he added. "In our sport, I have never met anyone as committed to turning something around.

"Supporters can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as Mr Green and his team address the problems currently facing the club.

"We are committed to again making this club something for you, the supporters, to be proud of."