Bradford City fires Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars after just 78 days as permanent bosses Yorkshire News

Back: Bradford City has fired joint managers Conor Sellars (left) and Mark Trueman. Photograph by Simon Hulme

Since then, the Bantams have lost nine of their 19 League Two games and took one point from the last 21 available.

They were appointed after losing one of 11 games as interim head coaches, a move that brought the club in the center of a relegation battle to a position where they had a realistic chance of reaching the play-offs.

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The pair went from under-18 coaches to take over the first team when Stuart McCall was fired as coach in December, weeks after receiving a new contract.

More Experience: Ryan Sparks, CEO of Bradford. Image: Bradford City AFC

They were backed in the January transfer market, making nine signings.

They have both been offered jobs to stay at the club. Trueman has already said that he intends to stay.

Bradford says they have already made plans to quickly fill the vacancy and will not be looking for candidates.

“After saving ourselves from the possibility of leaving the division, we wanted a solid end to the season to give us momentum into the next,” explained CEO Ryan Sparks.

Caption: Trueman and Sellars replaced Bantams hero Stuart McCall, but after a brilliant start, the team fell back. Bruce Rollinson frame

“This has not happened and a point of a possible 21, in the end, has made us settle for the middle of the table, which is very far from where this club wants and needs to be.

“We believe, at this point, that we need more experience to move forward into the summer and next season, which, for us, is very important. We have a crucial few months ahead of us and it is important that we are in the best possible position to prepare for them. ”

Citing the couple’s inexperience seems odd, as it was not seen as a barrier when the league’s youngest executive director confirmed them in their positions “permanently” less than three months ago.

Although finishing in 15th place was certainly disappointing for a former Premier League club, avoiding relegation with a seven-week break was a considerable achievement for rookie coaches who took over a team a place above the last two. .

“Their efforts and accomplishments will be remembered at this club for being unique, all while working within a unique set of circumstances,” said Sparks. “During their time at the helm, they embodied the true spirit of the club and have shown that they have the potential to become successful first-team managers in the future.”

Trueman said: “Obviously it is disappointing to have been retired as manager, but I respect the decision of the board and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

“I have learned so much over the last six months and I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such a great group of people.

“I have been offered the opportunity to stay at the club and I intend to do so. I hope my future is decided as soon as possible and I hope to continue working hard and developing. ”

Sellars, who held and lost his first managerial job before he turned 30, commented: “I loved every minute of the job and, despite my confidence in our ability to help the club move forward, of course I respect the decision made. . a disappointing end to the season, and my time as a team coach has taught me a lot ”.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-10 20:08:19