List of Bradford City A.F.C. managers

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Bradford City Association Football Club's first manager was Robert Campbell, [1] who was given the role upon the club's election into the league in 1903 although the club was administered by a 13-man sub-committee. [2] He left by mutual consent in 1905 to be succeeded by the club's most successful manager Peter O'Rourke in the first of two periods in charge of the club. [2] O'Rourke's first spell as manager lasted 16 years, during which time he oversaw the club's first title and promotion in 1907–08 and the FA Cup success of 1911. David Menzies took over in 1921, but the club were relegated the following year. The club continued to struggle and Menzies' successor Colin Veitch oversaw a second relegation in 1926–27 before O'Rourke returned to the club. During his second spell he brought the Division Three (North) title in 1928–29 when the club set a number of records which remain today. [3] O'Rourke resigned in 1930 to be succeeded by first Jack Peart then Dick Ray but the club were again relegated in 1936–37.

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Roy McFarland launched the club's revival during the 1980s. RoyMcFarland03.jpg
Roy McFarland launched the club's revival during the 1980s.

For half-a-century, City remained in the bottom two divisions of the Football League under a succession of managers until the 1980s brought an upturn in the club's fortunes. Former England international Roy McFarland was appointed player-manager in 1981, bringing instant success with promotion from Division Four in 1981–82. But he left in controversial circumstances to Derby County, [2] to be replaced by another England international Trevor Cherry as player-manager from rivals Leeds United. Cherry oversaw a turbulent period at the club, which included City going into liquidation in 1983, the Division Three title in 1984–85 and the tragic fire on 11 May 1985. He was only the third City manager to win a trophy.

Cherry was sacked just one month after the club returned to Valley Parade in a move which shocked the Bradford public. [2] His successor was first team coach Terry Dolan, who had played for the club for five years making nearly 200 league appearances. With the fans still singing Cherry's name, Dolan quickly won over the fans with a 5–1 FA Cup victory over Oldham Athletic in his first game, [2] before guiding the club away from relegation and a 10th-place finish in 1986–87. The following season a final day defeat to Ipswich Town then failure in the play-offs against Middlesbrough prevented Dolan from taking the club into top flight for the first time in 66 years. He was unable to replace star players Stuart McCall and John Hendrie, who left during the summer, [4] and was sacked to be replaced by Welsh manager Terry Yorath but relegation followed in 1989–90.

John Docherty had taken over two months before relegation was confirmed. During the 1990 close season he signed Sean McCarthy, to solve the club's goal-scoring problem, and a number of his former players from Millwall but he could not help City bounce back. [5] He was replaced by Frank Stapleton, who also failed to deliver promotion before new chairman Geoffrey Richmond bought the club. Richmond's first appointment was experienced manager Lennie Lawrence, who had made a solid start to the 1995–96 season before he was enticed away to Luton Town. Richmond appointed assistant Chris Kamara, who took City to promotion via the play-offs following a run of results at the end of the season, taking 28 points from a possible 39 to edge Chesterfield out of the play-off places by just one point. A 2–0 victory in the final against Notts County meant City and Luton Town swapped divisions.

Stuart McCall, who was caretaker manager in the Premier League and later served as full-time manager from 2007 to 2010 Stuart mccall.jpg
Stuart McCall, who was caretaker manager in the Premier League and later served as full-time manager from 2007 to 2010

Kamara was also succeeded by his own assistant Paul Jewell originally on a temporary basis before the striker, who had been at the club since 1988, was given the job permanently in the summer of 1998. Richmond gave Jewell the biggest transfer budget in the club's history. Jewell signed the club's first three £1million players to mastermind Bradford's return to the top flight in his first full season. He then defied the critics by keeping the club in the Premiership with a 1–0 victory over the club where he had begun his career Liverpool. [6] [7] Jewell made a shock exit from the club after a disagreement with Richmond, [8] who made his third successive appointment from within the club by elevating Chris Hutchings to the manager's seat. Hutchings was given unprecedented money for a Bradford manager to spend on a series of talented players including record signing David Hopkin, Benito Carbone and Dan Petrescu but he was sacked after 137 days and just one win from 12 league games. [9] [10]

The money Hutchings was given, combined with the collapse of ITV Digital continued to have repercussions on the club's league position and finances long after he had left. [11] Three relegations have followed with a succession of respected managers, including Jim Jefferies, former England captain Bryan Robson and Colin Todd unable to stop the club from dropping through the league. Having stated in his autobiography he would one day "love to manage Bradford", [12] Stuart McCall, who had two playing spells at the club, came from Sheffield United on 22 May 2007 to become the club's 38th full-time manager. [1] McCall was given a two-year contract and promised to deliver promotion in his first season. He later changed his judgement and aimed at promotion in his second season; when he again failed he offered to resign, but stayed on for a third campaign. He left in February 2010, and was replaced by Peter Taylor. Taylor's reign lasted only a year before he resigned after criticism from fans, to be replaced by Peter Jackson. Jackson staved off relegation to the Football Conference, which was looking a possibility when Taylor resigned, but his reign proved to be even shorter-lived and he resigned after just six months in charge, with the lowest win percentage of any permanent manager in the club's history. Phil Parkinson succeeded Jackson and won another relegation battle, before bringing about a major revival in the club's fortunes the following year, taking the side to the final of the League Cup before winning promotion back to League One via the play-offs.

Managers

As of 10 May 2021
Only professional, competitive matches are counted.
NameNationalityFromToPWDLWin % [lower-alpha 1] HonoursNotes
Robert Campbell Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 20 June 190331 October 190579291832036.71 [13]
Peter O'Rourke Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 November 190530 June 1921497204121172041.05 Division Two champions 1907–08
FA Cup winners 1911
[14]
David Menzies Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 July 19211 June 1926222636495028.38 [15]
Colin Veitch Flag of England.svg  England 1 August 192614 January 192865141734021.54 [16]
Jack Foster Flag of England.svg  England 14 January 19285 May 1928191045052.63 [lower-alpha 2] [17]
Peter O'Rourke Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 6 May 19281 May 193092432227046.74 Division Three (North) champions 1928–29 [14]
Jack Peart Flag of England.svg  England 1 July 19301 March 1935208795277037.98 [18]
Dick Ray Flag of England.svg  England 1 April 193528 February 193786272336031.40 [19]
Fred Westgarth Flag of England.svg  England 1 March 19381 July 194356261416046.43 Third Division North Cup champions 1938–39 [20]
Bob Sharp Flag of England.svg  England 1 July 19431 May 19462011000.00 [21]
Jack Barker Flag of England.svg  England 1 May 19461 January 1947231067043.48 [22]
Jack Milburn Flag of England.svg  England 1 January 19471 July 194864261424040.63 [23]
David Steele Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 July 19481 February 1952167573476034.13 [24]
Albert Harris Flag of England.svg  England 1 February 19521 May 195217548029.41 [25]
Ivor Powell Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1 May 19521 February 1955129463845035.66 [26]
Peter Jackson Flag of England.svg  England 1 February 19551 March 196130511880107038.69 [27]
Bob Brocklebank Flag of England.svg  England 1 May 19611 October 1964157623065039.49 [28]
Bill Harris Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1 March 196531 March 19664515921033.33 [29]
Willie Watson Flag of England.svg  England 1 April 19661 January 1967128513740039.84 [30]
Grenville Hair Flag of England.svg  England 1 January 19677 March 196855271018049.09 [31]
Jim McAnearney
Tom Hallett
Flag of England.svg  England 7 March 196831 May 196812552041.67 [lower-alpha 3] [32]
Jimmy Wheeler Flag of England.svg  England 1 June 19687 September 1971144494649034.03 [33]
Ray Wilson Flag of England.svg  England 1 September 19711 November 197110523050.00 [lower-alpha 2] [34]
Bryan Edwards Flag of England.svg  England 1 November 197117 January 1975154513865033.12 [35]
Bobby Kennedy Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 January 197531 January 1978138464646033.33 [36]
John Napier Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1 February 197831 October 19783411518032.35 [37]
George Mulhall Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1 November 19781 March 1981115483334041.74 [38]
Roy McFarland Flag of England.svg  England 1 May 198122 November 198264351613054.69 [39]
Trevor Cherry Flag of England.svg  England 1 December 19825 January 1987201834474041.29 Division Three champions 1984–85 [40]
Terry Dolan Flag of England.svg  England 5 January 198730 January 1989112513031045.54 [41]
Terry Yorath Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2 February 19897 March 199057132024022.81 [42]
John Docherty Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 20 March 199011 November 199183292232034.94 [43]
Frank Stapleton Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 9 December 19912 May 1994129474339036.43 [44]
Lennie Lawrence Flag of England.svg  England 25 May 199427 November 199577292028037.66 [45]
Chris Kamara Flag of England.svg  England 27 November 19956 January 1998112402646035.71 Second Division play-off winners: 1995–96 [46]
Paul Jewell Flag of England.svg  England 6 January 199818 June 2000117462645039.32 [47]
Chris Hutchings Flag of England.svg  England 18 June 20006 November 2000217410033.33 [48]
Stuart McCall Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 6 November 200020 November 20002002000.00 [lower-alpha 2] [49]
Jim Jefferies Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 20 November 200024 December 200153151226028.30 [50]
Steve Smith Flag of England.svg  England 24 December 200131 December 20012002000.00 [lower-alpha 2] [51]
Nicky Law Flag of England.svg  England 1 January 20029 November 200387232143026.44 [52]
Senior playersFlag of England.svg  England 9 November 200323 November 20031001000.00 [lower-alpha 4] [53]
Bryan Robson Flag of England.svg  England 24 November 200317 June 2004287120025.00 [54]
Colin Todd Flag of England.svg  England 18 June 200412 February 2007139444649031.65 [55]
David Wetherall Flag of England.svg  England 12 February 200722 May 200714248014.29 [lower-alpha 2] [56]
Stuart McCall Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 22 May 20078 February 2010133463552034.59 [49]
Wayne Jacobs Flag of England.svg  England 8 February 201016 February 20101010000.00 [lower-alpha 2] [57]
Peter Taylor Flag of England.svg  England 17 February 201026 February 20112510510040.00 [58]
Peter Jackson Flag of England.svg  England 27 February 201125 August 2011194411021.05 [59]
Colin Cooper Flag of England.svg  England 25 August 201129 August 20112110050.00 [lower-alpha 2] [60]
Phil Parkinson Flag of England.svg  England 29 August 201110 June 20162741018687036.86 League Two play-off winners: 2012–13 [61]
Stuart McCall Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 20 June 20165 February 201896442428045.83
Greg Abbott Flag of England.svg  England 5 February 201811 February 20181010000.00
Simon Grayson Flag of England.svg  England 11 February 20188 May 201814356021.43
Michael Collins Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 18 June 20183 September 20187214028.57 [62]
David Hopkin Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 4 September 201825 February 20193571117020.00 [63]
Martin Drury Flag of England.svg  England 25 February 20194 March 20191010000.00
Gary Bowyer Flag of England.svg  England 4 March 20193 February 202048141519029.17
Stuart McCall Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 4 February 202013 December 2020287714025.00
Mark Trueman
Conor Sellars
Flag of England.svg  England 13 December 202010 May 20213114710045.16
Derek Adams Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 4 June 2021Present0000!

Notes

  1. Winning percentage is correct to two decimal places.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Caretaker manager
  3. Joint caretaker managers
  4. Senior players Peter Atherton, Wayne Jacobs, David Wetherall and Dean Windass took temporary charge.

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