Bradford City have announced on their club website that they have parted company with Chairman and Chief Executive Edin Rahic.
Much to the happiness and relief of Bradford City supporters, Edin Rahic has left the club after a horrible two-and-a-half year spell at the League One side. Rahic has left the club by mutual consent after talks with majority shareholder Stefan Rupp, who insisted it is “time for change” at Valley Parade.
Rupp has spoken out on the departure of Rahic:
“The time for change has come and this marks the beginning of a new chapter for the club. The people of Bradford deserve much, much better.
“I will do everything in my power to wash away the dreadful memories of the last 12 months and consign them to the history books for good. I have invested significantly in the club over the past two seasons and will continue to do so.
“David Hopkin has begun to turn our on-field fortunes around and he and the players need your support to help us in the hugely-challenging weeks and months ahead.
“I am pleased to have Julian on board and he will continue to play a key role in getting us back on track. It is time for us, our supporters, partners, staff and players to push forward – together.”
Julian Rhodes comes in to take the Chief Executive role on an interim basis, running through to the end of the season.
Throughout his time at Valley Parade, Rahic has been heavily criticised for his conduct in interfering with managers and his running of the club, and rightly so. The Bantams are at the bottom of the league after a torrid start to the season, but manager David Hopkin is slowly turning things around at Valley Parade.
The departure of Rahic will hopefully spell the start of a turnaround at Bradford City, with a drastic change in results needed if they want to maintain their League One status.
Bradford fans have been expressing their joy at the news on Twitter his afternoon:
Over the moon. Job done. Stripped our beliefs and values and turned it in to a nightmare. Now it’s time for everyone to come together and re build OUR club and get out of this mess. #CTID
— Gavin Meakin (@Meaks1990) December 4, 2018
— Adam (@adamraj11) December 4, 2018
The ego has left the building!!
— Craig Andrew (@CraigAndrew3) December 4, 2018
— JF (@jonfozz) December 4, 2018
Note the lack of the traditional “we would like to thank Edin for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future” in Stefans comments….
— Rob Hunt (@rhunt321) December 4, 2018
Congratulations – and thank you – both for the action taken and for the statement. No hollow thank you. Just a loud, resounding rejection. Well done. We can begin to hope again. #bcafc
— James Pieslak (@jpieslak) December 4, 2018
Dear Edin Rahic,
Thanks for trying to ruin our football club but just to let you know, we've survived before, and we will again
The supporters have helped rebuilt this wonderful club and heritage time and time again and will continue to do so.
The supporters always win. #bcafc
— Alastair (@AlastairH789) December 4, 2018
— Jonathan Hudson (@jdh1973) December 4, 2018