Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble has confirmed he was approached by the administrator trying to save Bradford to take charge of the team for Sunday's game against London Broncos.
But Noble, who spent more than three decades at Odsal as Bradford's captain and then their most successful coach, says he is reconsidering his willingness to help out after being shocked by the negative reaction it has provoked.
Noble also confirmed the news broke by former Bradford head coach Mick Potter, who was among 15 people made redundant by Brendan Guilfoyle on Monday, that his assistant, Francis Cummins, had rejected an offer from Noble to return to the Bulls as his number two.
"The administrator phoned me up, told me the situation and asked if I could help out for a while, maybe until the end of the season," Noble told the Guardian.
"As a Bradfordian through and through who's been made a freeman of the city, and having spent 35 years at the club, I said 'yes'. That's been my only motive whatsoever, to try and help out."
Fans made clear their opposition to the move when Guilfoyle addressed a meeting in Bradford on Monday night and Noble says he is now having second thoughts.
"I really don't need all this vitriolic stuff being thrown at me," he added.
Noble's change of heart is thought to be the reason behind the late postponement of a meeting Guilfoyle had called with the players at their training ground on Tuesday morning.