Bradford City appoint fourth manager of 2018

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 September 2018, 08:56

Bradford City have wasted no time in replacing the sacked Michael Collins after announcing the appointment of their fourth head coach of the year.

Bradford started the year with Stuart McCall at the helm, but sent him packing in February after six straight defeats. His successor, Simon Grayson, decided to leave the club in the summer, with Collins then bagging his first job in senior management.

32-year-old Collins, the youngest manager in the EFL, was ruthlessly axed on Monday night after only six League One games, including four defeats which left the Bantams 17th in the division, while the club lost out to Macclesfield in the EFL Cup.

After teasing an appointment in the aftermath of Collins’ departure, Bradford have this morning (Tuesday) revealed that the new incumbent at Valley Parade is David Hopkin, who has penned a two-year deal.

Hopkin, who had a brief spell at Bradford in his playing days, was hotly linked with a managerial move to the Football League in the summer following his departure from Livingston, however nothing materialised.

During his time in charge of The Lions he impressively roared the club from League One up to the Scottish Premier League.

Now, after venturing south of the border to Yorkshire, Hopkin told Bradford’s official website:

“I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Bantams and cannot wait to get started.

“This is a huge opportunity for me. We have a talented squad and I am looking forward to working with the players and staff.

“The club is ambitious and so am I. Although my time as a player here was cut short by injury, I enjoyed my stay and took away some great memories.

“Our supporters are extremely passionate and I want to give them a team and performances they can be proud of.”

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