Bradford City: Bantams have rejected Blades’ bid for Parkinson: Lawn

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BRADFORD CITY joint-chairman Mark Lawn has confirmed that the club have rejected an approach from Sheffield United for manager Phil Parkinson.

The Blades are searching for their eighth permanent manager appointment in as many years after sacking Nigel Clough on Bank Holiday Monday and made an approach for the services of Parkinson, who has a year left on his Valley Parade deal.

But their move has been rebuffed by Bradford.

Lawn said: “We have said no to the approach (from Sheffield United).”

It is understood that the Blades have so far failed to reach a figure to trigger a release clause in the contract of Parkinson.

Parkinson, 47, was appointed as City boss in August 2011 and helped the club to promotion to the third tier in a memorable 2012-13 when they also reached the final of the Capital One Cup.

Earlier this week, Parkinson was named as the LMA’s FA Cup Manager of the Year following their end-of-season awards evening.

Parkinson beat off competition from Reading’s Steve Clarke, Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood and Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger to pick up the honour.

The City boss was chosen for the award after memorably leading the Bantams to an FA Cup quarter-final replay victories over Millwall, Chelsea and Sunderland in earlier rounds.

The award was the second to be given out by the LMA to Parkinson during his time as manager after he received the association’s Special Merit Award following the club’s unforgettable 2012/2013 campaign.