Today, Bradford City announced the shock appointment of Michael Collins as their new head coach. He will be assisted by Greg Abbott and Martin Drury, who take on roles as assistant coaches. Bantams supporters have been reacting to this surprise news.
Several candidates were linked to the role in recent times. It would be fair to say that not one Bradford City supporter even remotely suggested that this would be the way the club would go. We have quickly jumped onto Twitter to see how this has gone down with the fans.
Collins does at least have some coaching experience, albeit in the form of an Under-18 role with the club in recent times. At the age of 32, he becomes one if, if not the, youngest manager in the English Football League. Over the course of his playing career he played for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United and Leyton Orient. He won promotion during his time at Glanford Park, out of League Two, in 2014. Collins says he is ‘honoured’ to have been handed the job.
Co-owner Edin Rahic interesting revealed that the appointed management trio were the only candidates to have been offered a contract by the football club. He also stated that they have already been working on player recruitment over the last couple of weeks.
How has this gone down with Bradford fans? The selection of tweets below will provide an insight.
Nice joke lads. Now announce the real head coach.
— James Storrie (@Mr_Stozza) June 18, 2018
Got to give them a chance, stranger things have proven successful in football. #bcafc
— ReverseLegSweep (@ramaguchi) June 18, 2018
EDIN RAHIC GET OUT OF #BCAFC
— Callum Scott (@Callstock) June 18, 2018
Cheers lads for ruining my Monday
— Oliver Jack (@oli1986) June 18, 2018
Embarrassing. A 32 year old "yes man" paid peanuts. Never have I been less inspired, like ever #bcafc
— Richard Waterworth (@rwaterworth75) June 18, 2018
HAHAHAHAHAHA GET OUT OF OUR CLUB
— Danny Keenan (@kiwikeenan12) June 18, 2018
— Jack (@ObeseCarrot) June 18, 2018
Interesting Appointment. Brave or Foolish? Time will tell over the coming months. Everyone has got to start somewhere so I hope they grab the chance they’ve been given.
— Paul Clayton (@riverside221) June 18, 2018
Seriously. What!!!! So basically absolutely NO-ONE wants to work for the Chairman. Maybe he should take note & go & find another toy to play with….
— Susie Bantam (@susiebantam) June 18, 2018
Is there any chance of getting a refund on my season ticket?
— paul conroy (@pcbfd26) June 18, 2018
I feel physically sick #bcafc
— Silverbantam (@silverbantam) June 18, 2018