City Appoint New Management Team

Michael Collins Bantams Head Coach

Bradford City have this morning confirmed the appointment of Michael Collins as the clubs new head coach, whilst Greg Abbott and Martin Drury will undertake first-team coaching duties with immediate effect.

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Former U18 manager Michael Collins has over 300 league appearances under his belt, the former Republic of Ireland U21 International has represented Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, AFC Wimbledon, Oxford United, York City, Leyton Orient and Indian Super League side Bengaluru over the course of his career.

Collins, believes his transition from player to coach has been a lengthy one and he now feels fully prepared to take on the most senior coaching position at club. Speaking about the appointment Michael Collins said, “I’ve been working towards this for a lot of years now, even whilst I was playing at Oxford United.  I coached locally when I was at Leyton Orient and I’d be in at Spurs’ training ground as often as I could.

I’m honoured that Edin and Stefan have entrusted me with the Head Coach role, but we truly are a team here and I can’t stress that enough. Martin is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with and Greg’s experience is invaluable for us both. It also helps that Greg, Martin and I all know the training ground set-up very well too so there won’t be any surprises when we get started for pre-season”

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Bantams CEO Resigns

James Mason Resigns as Bantams Chief Operating Officer

James Mason has resigned as Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Bradford City after nearly four years with the club, having succeeded Dave Baldwin. It is understood the departure is entirely his own decision and was a difficult one for the lifelong City fan to make.

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Mason, is set to leave the club at the end of the week, but he will be able in an advisory role should the club require his assistance, it is thought he has had a number of offers in football and it’s been rumoured that he will join Plymouth Argyle as new chief executive.

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Clarets Interested in Matty Phillips

Sean Dyche Interested in Matty Phillips

Burnley are continuing to weigh up a move for Matty Phillips this summer after showing an initial interest in the West Bromwich Albion winger.  The Burnley Express has linked the Clarets with a move for Phillips, but the Premier League outfit are yet to firm up their interest in offering the West Brom star a route back to the top-flight.

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West Brom are preparing for life back in the Sky Bet Championship, with Phillips still a member of Darren Moore’s squad ahead of next season. The winger has been with West Brom since the summer of 2016 when he completed a move to the Hawthorns from QPR.

Having made 57 Premier League appearances for the Baggies across two seasons as well as adding a further six appearances in the domestic cup competitions. Phillips made 30 Premier League appearances last season, scoring two goals as West Brom struggled to make an impact in the Premier League and eventually lost their top-flight status.

West Brom are already fighting off interest in Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson from the Clarets, with Sean Dyche’s looking to add them to his squad ahead of the 2018/19 season. campaign.

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Clarets Chasing French Defender

Clarets Chasing Christopher Jullien

Burnley are believed to be chasing towering Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien.  The 6ft 4ins centre-back impressed last season as his club secured Ligue 1 survival. However the Clarets face competition from Southampton, Crystal Palace and Dutch giants Ajax for the former France U20 International.

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He began his career with Auxerre and went on to play for Germans Freiburg whilst also having a loan spell with Dijon before a £2.5million move to Toulouse in 2016.  His value has since soared to around £9m with a series of commanding displays at the back for Toulouse. He made 36 appearances last season, scoring twice.

Jullien, is under contract with Toulouse until 2021 with the southwestern French club secured their top-flight status by beating Ajaccio 4-0 in a two-leg playoff.  Meanwhile Bournemouth are poised to sell striker Max Gradel to Toulouse for around £3m. The Ivory Coast international shone last season on loan to the French outfit, heading their scoring charts with 11 in all competitions.

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Dyche Looking to Sign Rodriguez & Reid

Clarets Chase Jay Rodriguez & Bobby Reid

Burnley Football Club could be set to spend £30 million on two major additions to their squad. The Clarets are keen to re-sign Jay Rodriguez from West Bromwich Albion, while Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid is also on manager Sean Dyche’s wish list.

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According to the Express and Star the Baggies are reluctant to sell Rodriguez, as they are already set to lose fellow striker Salomon Rondon.  West Brom want around £20 million for Rodriguez, although that figure would not be an issue for the Clarets having raked in almost £120m for finishing 7th in the Premier League last season.

Burnley are also interested in Bristol City’s versatile midfield / forward Bobby Reid. The Robins want £10m for the 25-year-old, despite the fact he has just one year left on his current contract. Reid has refused to sign a new deal at Ashton Gate amid interest from the Clarets, Leicester City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

Burnley are keen to improve their squad ahead of next season’s venture into the Europa League, Dyche will probably smash the club’s transfer record this summer. The Clarets paid £15m to buy Chris Wood from Leeds United back in 2017, but that figure should be topped during this transfer window.

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Guiseley Sign Garner From FC Halifax

Scott Garner Join Guiseley AFC

Guiseley AFC have this morning confirmed the signing of experienced centre-back Scott Garner from FC Halifax Town, he will be the older head for a group of defenders in their early twenties in Niall Heaton, Will Thornton, Louie Swain and Harry Flowers.

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Garner, joined FC Halifax Town from Boston United and was a vital part of the Town squad that gained promotion to the Vanarama National League two seasons ago.  His previous clubs include Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town, Cambridge United & Lincoln City.

A product of the Leicester City youth system Garner signed a professional contract with the Foxes but never made a first team appearance.  Twice capped by England C Garner said: “I like to think that I’m a winner. I don’t like to lose at all.”

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Southwell Joins FC Halifax Town

Guiseley AFC have confirmed that striker Dayle Southwell has left Nethermoor Park to join local rivals FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League. Southwell who was five months into a two-and-a-half year contract with The Lions, had expressed a desire to continue playing at a higher level following Guiseley’s relegation.

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The former Wycombe Wanderers front man was one of former manager Paul Cox’s signings he made 18 appearances, scoring 7 goals after joining the club in January 2018. The Grimsby-born player made one England C appearance after impressing for National North side Boston United by scoring 50 goals in 77 appearances.

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