Former Sunderland caretaker Robbie Stockdale interviewed for Bradford City job while Paul Heckingbottom is not in the mix

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 06 June 2018, 10:01

Robbie Stockdale could be set to bag his first job in the managerial arena with League One side Bradford City, while Paul Heckingbottom is said to not be in contention for the post.

Sky Sports News report that the former Sunderland caretaker has had two interviews with the Yorkshire club, who were left managerless at the end of the season after Simon Grayson vacated his position.

As a result bookmakers Bet Victor have cut his odds from 25/1 to just 5/4.

A whole host of managers have been linked with the Bantams during the last month, including Heckingbottom who stormed his way to the summit of the market following his departure from Leeds.

However, The Telegraph and Argus now reports that the former Bradford player is not in the running as he wants to take some time out of the game.

New frontrunner Stockdale left Sunderland earlier this week after nearly six years at the club, during which he had spells as a youth team coach and first team coach, while he also stepped in as caretaker manager on three occasions - the most recent of which was on the final day of last season when he led the relegated Black Cats to a stunning 3-0 win over champions Wolves.

New Sunderland boss Jack Ross has decided to bring his own backroom staff to the Stadium of Light, meaning Stockdale had no choice but to end his stay at the club.

However, if reports are to be believed the 38-year-old, who has also coached at Grimsby, is now on the cusp of becoming the next Bradford boss.

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