Peter Jackson Named As Permanent Bradford City Boss

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 25 May 2011, 08:59

Peter Jackson has been appointed as the permanent manager of Bradford City after fighting off the threat of relegation last season. Both Jackson and his assistant Colin Cooper have signed one-year deals at Valley Parade. The 50-year-old arrived at the club in February following the resignation of Peter Taylor, and guided them to an 18th place finish with four wins and three draws in his 14 games in charge. Victor Chandler had Jackson as the 6/4 favourite to become the next Bradford City manager.

In February Jackson was appointed as the interim manager of the Bantams when Peter Taylor stepped down as manager after growing impatient with his side's poor run of form. Jackson, who has previously managed Huffersfield Town twice and more recently Lincoln City, was initially given two games in charge of the League Two side by joint chairmen Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn, as they considered a list of potential candidates for the job. Under Jackson Bradford lost their match against Gillingham but went on to win their following two games against Rotherham and Morecambe. The former City captain obviously did enough to impress the chairmen as today he beat off competition from the Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still and former Hibernian boss John Hughes to land the job on a permanent basis.

Jackson is now looking forward to the new season as he attempts to make the club a real force in League Two, and Sky Bet have given Bradford odds of 14/1 to win the league next season.

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