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Diskin: I don't want top job

Bradford skipper Matt Diskin says he has no intention of becoming the club's new head coach.

Diskin has been put in temporary charge for Friday's home game against Hull KR after Francis Cummins was sacked on Monday.

Diskin, 32, is working under the guidance of managing director Steve Ferres, following the club's decision to part company with head coach Cummins and his assistant Lee St Hilaire.

"These are not ideal circumstances for us as a club or as a team," Diskin said. "However I am, as captain of the Bradford Bulls, the next in line to guide the team into battle.

"Having said that, I do not for one minute believe or see this as an opportunity to achieve anything as a coach. It is a short-term fix. I am standing in and have no intention of continuing in this role long-term."

Former Bulls coach Brian Noble, out of work since being sacked by Salford in April, is a potential candidate, along with former player and hooker, James Lowes, who is on a rolling contract as head coach of rugby union side Leeds Carnegie.

Lowes admits he is interested in the job. "I'd like to at least sit down and talk with (owner) Marc Green to hear his plans," Lowes said. "That would be the first step and it would be nice to meet with the bloke."

Lowes, 44, who was briefly head coach of Warrington in 2008-09, applied for the Bradford job when Australian Mick Potter was appointed as the successor to Steve McNamara ahead of the 2011 season.

"I didn't even get a reply to my application, which was very disappointing and left a sour taste," he said. "But it's obviously a job I'd love to do whether it's now or in the future. It's Bradford Bulls - it's my club."

Diskin says that on Friday the players will be out to redeem themselves for their 46-18 defeat to Salford.

"I have to ensure we are ready to face Hull KR," he said. "I think it goes without saying, we are all looking forward to this game.

"As a team, we are hurting as we feel we have let people down. It has led to the removal of our head coach and assistant head coach.

"We owe a response to them, like we do to our loyal supporters and everyone connected to the club."