Fleetwood v Bradford: Parkinson’s new deal will delight City fans

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).
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BRADFORD CITY manager Phil Parkinson has delighted the club’s fans by putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Valley Parade.

The Bantams’ chief, whose team travel to League One rivals Fleetwood Town, was due to see his original deal expire at the end of this season, but will now be in place until the end of the 2017-2018 campaign.

“I’m very proud of my record here at Bradford City so far, but I have been very lucky to receive the backing I’ve had from the chairmen and the board,” said Parkinson.

“You always need good people around you as a manager, and I think we have a very good team both above me at boardroom level and around me at the training ground.

“We are all still striving to keep improving – that is the key. Hopefully we can continue to do that and make this season a successful one.”

Assistant manager Steve Parkin, head of sports performance Nick Allamby and goalkeeper coach Lee Butler have also agreed new contracts with the club until the end of June 2018.

Joint-chairman Mark Lawn added: “This club is clearly moving in the right direction under Phil and the current management team, and it is important we keep the wheels moving forward.

“The momentum has been with us since Phil arrived at the football club and he deserves this new contract.

“We have improved year after year with Phil at the helm and I think that goes to show the success you can achieve with longevity and stability.”

City head west with a haul of seven points from their last nine to start banishing memories of a slow start to the season and Parkinson said: “There’s more cohesion in the team and we are looking a lot better.”