Bradford City: FA Cup award for Bantams boss Parkinson

Date:5th March 2015. Picture James Hardisty. 'Bradford City Training ahead of their Sixth round FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday. Pictured Bradford City Manager Phil Parkinson.
Date:5th March 2015. Picture James Hardisty. 'Bradford City Training ahead of their Sixth round FA Cup match against Reading on Saturday. Pictured Bradford City Manager Phil Parkinson.
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BRADFORD CITY manager Phil Parkinson has been 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.

It is the second time in consecutive seasons that a Yorkshire manager has won the accolade, with ex-Sheffield United chief Nigel Clough picking up the award after taking the Blades to the last four last season.

The award is the second to be given out by the LMA to Parkinson during his time as City boss after he received the association’s Special Merit Award following the club’s unforgettable 2012/2013 campaign, which saw them reach the final of the Capital One Cup.

City followed up with a second Wembley visit that season, when they beat Northampton Town in the League Two play-off final.