Debate: Is James Lowes the right man for the Bradford job?
Yes, says Aaron Bower, he’s a club legend and will give his all
As far as I am concerned, there is no-one better than James Lowes for the Bradford job. Owner Marc Green had to ensure that he made an appointment to appease the fans after Francis Cummins’ sacking – and a Bradford legend is certainly the way to go.
As well as that, Lowes has learned his craft in Rugby League under some of the best coaches around, like Tony Smith and Brian McDermott. He’s done his stewardship, and has even moved away from the game for a year to broaden his horizons. All Bradford fans want is passion in the shirt, and James Lowes will provide that in abundance.
No, says Joe Whitley, they need more experience
There is no doubting that Lowes will bring lots of passion into this new role, and that is a huge positive for Bradford fans. However, in such a difficult situation, I think Green and the board would have been better served employing someone with more experience and a more successful resume. It’s hardly an ideal situation being on the brink of relegation with a depleted squad and, for me, someone like Brian Noble with a proven track record would have given them a much better chance of overcoming their problems.
Granted, the Bulls are almost certain to be a Championship club next year but there is still a mathematical chance of them surviving. By gambling on an unproven coach it screams to me they are planning for second-tier Rugby League next year, and that is surely the wrong message to be sending out.