DEWSBURY RAMS coach Glenn Morrison is the early favourite to replace James Lowes as coach of Bradford Bulls.
Lowes resigned yesterday after almost two years in the job, citing “personal reasons”. Matt Diskin, who was Lowes’s assistant, has taken over as interim coach, working alongside Chev Walker.
But Diskin seems to be out of the running to fill the role on a permanent basis after last week agreeing to join Batley as head coach on a three-year contract beginning at the end of this season.
Sydney-born Morrison, 39, played for Bradford from 2007-2009 and has built a solid reputation as coach of their Championship rivals Dewsbury, who knocked Lowes’s men out of the Challenge Cup earlier this year.
Other potential candidates include former Bradford player Scott Naylor, whose newly-promoted Championship team stunned Hull KR in the same competition last weekend and former Bulls coaches Brian Noble and Steve McNamara.
Bradford, relegated at the end of 2014, are fourth in the Championship, five points behind leaders Leigh with a game in hand.
“This decision has come with a heavy heart,” Lowes said in a statement released by the club.
“I have had to make this tough call for personal reasons and I request everyone respects that. I would like to personally thank the players, directors, staff and especially, all the supporters of this great club for my time here.”
Bradford’s statement said: “It is with much sadness and reluctance the club has received and accepted the resignation of head coach James Lowes, who has stepped down for personal reasons. The club puts on record its gratitude for the significant contribution James has made as head coach during his 22 months at Bradford Bulls and we wish him every success in the future.”