Conor Sellars

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Conor Sellars
Personal information
Full nameConor Joseph Sellars [1]
Date of birth (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 29) [2]
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) [1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2007–2010 Middlesbrough
2010–2011 Rochdale
Senior career*
2011–2012 Fão 9 (0)
2012–2013 Hallam (9)
2013 Höttur 8 (1)
2013 Harrogate Railway Athletic
2013–2014 Harrogate Town 14 (1)
2014–2015 Worksop Town
2015–2018 Tadcaster Albion
Teams managed
2020–2021 Bradford City (joint caretaker manager)
2021 Bradford City (joint manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Conor Joseph Sellars (born 15 January 1992) is an English football coach and former player who was most recently the joint manager of Bradford City, alongside Mark Trueman.


Playing career

Born in Leeds, [1] Sellars, a midfielder, began his youth career at Middlesbrough and Rochdale, [1] before playing professionally in Portugal for Fão and in Iceland for Höttur. [3] He made 8 appearances for 2. deild karla side Höttur, scoring once. [4] in He also played non-league football in England for Hallam, [1] Harrogate Railway Athletic, [5] Harrogate Town, [6] Worksop Town, [7] and Tadcaster Albion, [5] [8] [9] before retiring in May 2018 to concentrate on his coaching career. [10]

Coaching career

He has worked for Bradford City as a youth coach, [11] before being appointed caretaker manager alongside Mark Trueman in December 2020. [12] [13] Their first match was a 1–1 draw away at Crawley Town on 15 December 2020, the club's first point in six games. [14] [15] The club's CEO Ryan Sparks said that Trueman and Sellars had the board's full support whilst the search for a permanent manager was ongoing. [16] Their second match was a 1–0 victory at home against Cambridge United on 19 December 2020, the club's first league win in eight matches. [17] [18] After the result, Truman and Sellars had a celebratory beer, and then spent seven to eight hours the next day planning for the next game. [19] Sellars later said that the players were reacting to the caretaker managers' hard work. [20]

On 28 December 2020 it was announced that Trueman and Sellars had been promoted to 'interim' managers and would remain in charge of the team for at least January 2021. [21] [22] [23] Sellars later spoke about being in charge for this first transfer window in January 2021, [24] telling players who might have lost their place in the first-team as a result of new signings to continue training and working hard. [25]

In February 2021 Bradford City CEO Ryan Sparks said that Trueman and Sellars were happy with their 'interim' status and were not pushing to be made permanent managers. [26] Later that month Trueman and Sellars were nominated for the January 2021 EFL League Two Manager of the Month award, after 2 wins and 1 draw in their 3 league games that month. [27] Trueman and Sellars were also praised by player Connor Wood for their maturity and detail. [28]

On 22 February 2021 Trueman and Sellars were announced as Bradford City's joint permanent managers, on a contract until the end of the 2021–22 season. [29] They were the youngest managers in the English Football League. [30]

By 8 March 2021, Trueman and Sellars had won 10 out of 15 league games, only losing once, and guided Bradford City from 22nd to 10th in the division. [30] That same day the duo were nominated for the February 2021 EFL League Two Manager of the Month award, after one loss and four successive victories. [31]

In May 2021, after a dip in the team's form which saw them lose 5 matches in a row, Sellars said that he and Trueman would get out of their slump and that they had done their job in guiding the club away from relegation. [32] On 10 May 2021 however, the two managers had their management contracts terminated by the club, having finished the season with a run of just one point from a possible 21 that ended in a mid-table finish. The two were offered alternative roles at the club, [33] [34] who were hopeful that the duo would remain. [35]

Coaching style

In February 2021 Sellars said that he is influenced by foreign coaching styles, including the Italian football he watched as a child and the time he spent as a player in Portugal and Iceland. [36]

Personal life

His father is former footballer Scott Sellars. [3]

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