Bradford City Appoint New Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Sparks Appointed As Bantams Chief Executive Officer

Bradford City Football Club have this afternoon confirmed that Ryan Sparks has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer taking over from departing interim Chief Executive Officer & former Chairman Julian Rhodes at Valley Parade. Sparks, has spent the last three years in the role of director of communications and commercial. 

Speaking about his appointment as the clubs new Chief Executive Ryan Sparks said, “It is a real honour and privilege to be tasked with what is such an important role within our football club. Anyone who knows me personally knows I am an ambitious hard-working person who has Bradford City firmly at heart. This is a role that I have worked towards from a young age and I am excited and prepared for the challenges which lie ahead. 

I would like to thank Julian Rhodes, Stefan Rupp and the staff for their support. Julian returned to Valley Parade in one of the club’s darkest periods, with huge financial issues facing its very future. He has been extremely supportive of me and everyone at the club and has helped put us back in a position from which we can build and be successful once again. I will not hide from the fact this season has not so far gone to plan. We are some way away from where we would like to be, and our focus is on moving away from the position we currently find ourselves in. 

I have a great relationship with Stuart McCall and we already work closely together, I have plans to help us address the immediate situation, with focus already on January and I am determined to play my part in building a Bradford City with a clear identity, direction and quite frankly meaning. Over the past few months I have been working across the business in a bid to make several improvements which can have a positive impact on our long-term future, which I plan on sharing further over the coming weeks. 

As chief executive, I intend to remain transparent and run the football club very much alongside supporters and partners. I will be present and approachable as I always have been and hope to earn respect through my actions.”

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