‘The time is right’ - Bradford City manager David Hopkin quits

DAVID HOPKIN has resigned as Bradford City manager.
David Hopkin: Has left Valley Parade.David Hopkin: Has left Valley Parade.
David Hopkin: Has left Valley Parade.

The Scottish international today called time on his reign at Valley Parade after just 175 days with the Bantams sitting second bottom of the League One table.

A 3-2 defeat at Walsall proved to be Hopkin’s final act, leaving City to search for what will be their fifth manager in a little over 12 months.

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Hopkin said: “I am disappointed but feel the time is right for me to step aside and allow someone to come in and attempt to keep the club in League One.

“I have given my all over the past six months. I took on a tough job and have left no stone unturned in my efforts to help us climb the table.

“The club means a great deal to me, as a former player, and that is why I have made this decision - with a quarter of the season remaining.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible Bradford City fans. This has been a hugely difficult season for everyone involved and they have shown me a great deal of support. I wish the club the very best for the future.”

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Interim chief executive Julian Rhodes will lead the search for Hopkin’s successor. He added: “Our thanks must go to David, who has put in a great deal of effort since taking over the reins last year.

“I know just how hard he has worked, in extremely difficult circumstances, and he leaves with a great amount of respect. On behalf of everyone at the club, we wish David and his family all the best for the future.”