It’s all go down at Valley Parade with news coming through earlier that Bradford City had dispensed with the services of head coach Michael Collins. According to Simon Parker, writing in the Telegraph and Argus, it appears that the Bantams are poised to appoint a successor very quickly.

Parker says that “David Hopkin is set to be named Bradford City’s next head coach,” the former Bantam record buy from Geoffrey Richmond’s ‘six weeks of madness’  being available after leaving previous club Livingstone in May as his contract ran out.

A rotten start to the season for the Bantams has seen Collins’ head on the block after just a handful of games in the current Sky Bet League One campaign. It is the latest of a set of clearouts at the club and comes after Matt Kilgallon, the final one of the  ‘Last Supper’ lot – players pictured with Stuart McCall on his leaving do, left the club.

The inbound Hopkin, who guided last side Livingston to two promotions, will be City’s fourth head at the Rahic helm in seven months. To some degree it appears that Bradford City are taking on the persona of near neighbours Leeds United under Massimo Cellino – at least in the hire ’em/fire ’em approach to head coaches.

Here’s what some Bradford City fans are saying on Twitter about the goings-on of tonight:

There are plenty of disgruntled Bantams on Twitter growling away at Rahic and how he’s running and ruining the club that they love. The above few are merely a litmus test as such. However, there is genuine hope that David Hopkins might just be the man to turn around an already disappointing season where Bradford City sit uncomfortable in 17th place.


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