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Bradford City part ways with Mark Hughes and Glyn Hodges

Bradford City have dismissed manager Mark Hughes and his assistant Glyn Hodges.

The decision to part ways with the coaching duo comes after their 19-month stint at the University of Bradford Stadium.

Bradford City’s chief executive officer, Ryan Sparks, expressed gratitude for the contributions made by Hughes and Hodges during their tenure. 

He acknowledged the impact they had on and off the field, particularly last season when they came close to winning promotion to League One. 

However, he noted that recent results had been less than satisfactory, leading to the need for a new direction to revive the team’s performance.

Bradford sit 18th in League Two and have had a poor start to the season. They have registered only three wins, losing four and drawing four.

Sparks said (via the club’s official website): “While I have enjoyed working alongside Mark and Glyn personally, we believe that it’s time for a change.

“We want to get our season back on track, and thus, the decision has been made to move in a different direction.”

Sparks extended his best wishes to the departing managers and their families, encouraging fans to reflect on the memorable moments brought by Hughes to the club.

The club is already in the process of selecting a new permanent manager, with an announcement expected soon. 

Kevin McDonald will assume the role of caretaker player-manager for the first team, with Mark Trueman assisting. 

Their first challenge will be this weekend’s fixture against Swindon Town.

Speculation is rife about who might step into the vacant managerial role, with Neil Warnock and Leam Richardson emerging as likely candidates to replace Hughes.

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