SACKED: Bradford City part company with Michael Collins

Bradford City have sacked head coach Michael Collins after less than three months in charge, but are set to name a successor tomorrow.  

Erratic chairman Edin Rahic claimed that an “unsatisfactory start to the season” had prompted the decision to dismiss the rookie gaffer after just six games in charge.

The Bantams lost 2-1 to Fleetwood on Saturday, leaving them 17th in the table with four defeats and two wins.

“The decision is based on an unsatisfactory start to the season and performances not being good enough,” a club statement said. “We anticipated a much better start and the results have not matched expectations. We have acted swiftly to appoint a new head coach who we believe will take us towards achieving our goals this season and beyond.”

The 32-year-old was the youngest boss in English professional football, taking up his first senior post in football after having been promoted from his role as the club’s under-18s manager in June.

Our View

Shocking. What Edin Rahic is doing at Bradford is utterly reprehensible and he has to be blamed for the club’s current situation. Sacking Stuart McCall was wrong, but since then he’s got nothing right.

You can’t dismantle a play-off chasing team and replace them with kids, in truth Collins hadn’t done as badly as some thought he might. To have a successor not just lined up, but ready to announce shows immense disrespect to the outgoing manager.

If Bradford were my club I’d be gutted, not because of the dismissal, but because there’s no end in sight as a power-mad chairman runs roughshod over a proud football club.

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