Bradford City have appointed Michael Collins as their new head coach, with Greg Abbott and Martin Drury as his assistants. Here are five things to know about the new Bantams boss-
1. Under-18’s coach- Collins joined the Bantams in July 2017 and took up a role as their Under-18’s manager. He has now made the step up to first-team coach after less than a year in charge but the Bradford hierarchy have shown a lot of faith in him.
2. He is only 32 years-old- Collins has become the youngest manager in the Football League after his appointment. We have seen young managers given a chance at a young age like Lee Johnson in the past so it could prove to be a masterstroke by Bradford.
3. Experienced playing career- He played as a midfielder for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Oxford United, AFC Wimbledon, York City, Bengaluru, Leyton Orient and FC Halifax Town. Collins racked up over 400 career appearances in his playing days. and has experience of playing in the Football League.
4. He won the Indian I-League as a player- He was part of the Bengaluru side who won the Indian I-League title in 2016. Collins made the shock switch to play in India in January 2016 from York City and spent four months there before ending his career at local side Halifax in 2017.
5. Represented Republic of Ireland- Despite being born in Halifax, Collins represented the Republic of Ireland and played for them at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-21 level as a youngster in his early playing days.