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IT proved to be another season of progress for Bradford CIty under Phil Parkinson, a strong second half of the season producing a deserved place in the League One play-offs.

They fell short, however, when they came up against a dominant Millwall side who exposed the Bantams’ season-long struggles in front of goal, always looking the most likely to reach Wembley after winning the first leg 3-1 at Valley Parade.

GONE: Phil Parkinson has left Bradford City take over the reins at Bolton Wanderers.

GONE: Phil Parkinson has left Bradford City take over the reins at Bolton Wanderers.

But, after new German investors completed their takeover of the club towards the end of May, the club’s fans were rocked by the news that Parkinson - who had guided them to promotion from League Two and a Capital One Cup final appearance at Wembley - was on his way through the exit door.

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The former Reading and Hull City manager is now in place at Bolton Wanderers, itself in a period of transformation under new owners.

It means a busier than perhaps anticipated summer ahead at Valley Parade as they look to bring in a new manager as well as build a squad as good as that from 2015-16 to challenge for the play-offs once again.

Bradford City's players show their disappointment after conceding a second goal in the play-off semi-final, first leg against Millwall.  Picture: Tony Johnson.

Bradford City's players show their disappointment after conceding a second goal in the play-off semi-final, first leg against Millwall. Picture: Tony Johnson.

The YP’s Richard Sutcliffe gives his verdict on Bradford’s campaign as well as looking ahead to what the club’s priorities are before they return to action in August.

Click on the PLAY button at the top of this page to listen to his views and let us know of you agree or disagree in the comments section below or via our Twitter feed on @YPSport

Reece Burke of Bradford battles with Sheffield United's Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Picture: SportImage.

Reece Burke of Bradford battles with Sheffield United's Jamal Campbell-Ryce. Picture: SportImage.

NICE STRIKE: Bradford City's Tony McMahon celebrates his penalty against Millwall at Valley Parade.   Picture: Tony Johnson

NICE STRIKE: Bradford City's Tony McMahon celebrates his penalty against Millwall at Valley Parade. Picture: Tony Johnson

Barnsley's Josh Brownhill tussles with Bradford City's Josh Morris. Picture by Tony Johnson

Barnsley's Josh Brownhill tussles with Bradford City's Josh Morris. Picture by Tony Johnson