Robbie Blake Interested in Valley Parade Management Job
Former Bradford City and Burnley striker Robbie Blake has indicated he wants to become the next manager of Bradford City Football Club. The former Bantam is among the large number of candidates already vying to replace David Hopkin for the task of saving the Sky Bet League One Club from relegation.
Blake, who is currently managing Isthmian League side Bognor Regis, is due to finish his UEFA A licence coaching badge in the summer. Having joined Paul Cook as first team coach at Portsmouth in 2015, the club went on to win the League Two Championship. Blake is now looking to take the next steps into football management and Valley Parade could be an starting point for the former Bantams striker.
The club have been inundated with potential interest since Hopkin’s resignation was announced yesterday morning, with Gary Bowyer, Paul Hurst and Steve Evans already confirming their interest along with Robbie Blake. Whilst former captain Gary jones has ruled himself out of the role and there are rumours that former manager Phil Parkinson could return to the club from Sky Bet Championship Bolton Wanderers.
Speaking about the vacant managers role Steve Evans said, “They need someone who’s going to fight for them and play how Bradford City were famous for. When I look back at my time at Rotherham United playing against Bradford City you knew what you were going to get with Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin, the teams would go toe-to-toe.
Bradford City is a massive club and totally under-performing if they end up back in Sky Bet League Two it will be a travesty. There is no doubt that whoever did the recruitment back in the summer might not have got everything right but there are a lot of good players.
I’ve been gobsmacked week upon week by their results which have been a surprise and all season that has been the case with Bradford City. I look at the quality of players they put on the pitch and I’m very surprised as to why that team is not winning games. When you look at the top teams in Sky Bet League One, Bradford City should be in that group.”
Coach Martin Drury has been placed in caretaker charge for the Portsmouth game at the weekend and he will be assisted by David Hopkin’s assistant manager Anton McElhone. The club is not expected to rush into making a permanent appointment, which is likely to be on an initial short-term basis until the end of the season.