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Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson

Bradford have turned down an approach from Sheffield United to speak to manager Phil Parkinson.

Bantams reject Blades bid for Parkinson Credit: Press Association

The Blades are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Nigel Clough and his entire backroom team on Monday.

But Bradford are desperate to keep hold of Parkinson, 47, who has a year left to run on his current contract at Valley Parade.

Bradford's joint-chairman Mark Lawn told Press Association Sport: "It's true we've been contacted by Sheffield United.

"They want to speak to Phil, but we've turned their request down. We've made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay."

When asked if Bradford's board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: "That's up to Phil.

"We'd be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms."

Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.

"I'm not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil's deal," he added.

Parkinson penned a three-year deal at the end of the 2012/13 season after leading Bradford to the League Cup final and to promotion from Sky Bet League Two.

He guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One this season, missing out on the play-offs by four points.

Clough paid the price for the Blades' failure to win promotion via the play-offs as they recently lost out to Swindon in the semi-finals.

The South Yorkshire club, searching for their eighth manager since being relegated from the Premier League in 2007, will embark on a fifth campaign in the third tier next term.

Bantams boss wins cup manager award

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson has been named the LMA FA Cup Manager of the year.

He led his team to memorable victories over Sunderland and Millwall, as well as pulling off one of the biggest ever cup shocks in coming from 2-0 down at Chelsea to win the game 4-2.

He beat Reading boss Steve Clarke, whose team eventually put Bradford City out, and final managers Tim Sherwood and Arsene Wenger to the award.

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Bradford City fans raise more than £8,000 for Burns Unit

Bradford City fans raised more than £8,000 for the Bradford Burns Unit before last weekend's final home match against Barnsley, it has been revealed.

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A total of £8,700.20 was donated to the appeal by various City fan groups. The final figure includes several bucket collections.

Together with our friends from Barnsley Football Club, whom we also thank from the bottom of our hearts, you have donated an incredible £8700.20 towards this year's appeal; more than three times the amount we normally expect to receive. Approaching £4,000 was raised in notes alone! Someone put in their personal cheque for £25. Others brought money from their own collections. What a response!

– Bradford City statement

Collectors included people from Friends of Bradford City, Bantams DO (the newly formed organisation for fans with disabilities), Bradford Disability Football Club, The Supporters Board and the Trust.

The club says that two fans made their way from Scotland to give their help before taking their place in the stadium for the one minute's silence.

There was also support from firemen from White Watch at the Bradford Station and Bradford University who provided the buckets, tea-shirts and placards.

Tributes at Valley Parade for Bradford City fire victims

Football matches across the country fell silent today to pay tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford City fire 30 years ago.

England manager Roy Hodgson led tributes at Valley Parade where a minute's silence was held before their final home game of the season. Meanwhile Bradford's kit man John Duckworth and his friends arrived at the stadium completing their seventy-three mile walk from Lincoln.They took on the challenge to raise money for Bradford City's Burns unit appeal.

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Charity single to raise cash for the Bradford Burns Unit

A special charity single is set to be released next week to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City Fire Disaster and to raise funds for the Bradford Burns Unit, which was founded in the wake of the tragedy.

The song - Everywhere We Go - is the brainchild of City's orthopaedic surgeon Steve Bollen, who plays with a Harrogate-based band 'Never 2 Late'.

The single includes radio commentary from the Bantams' memorable FA Cup run this season, with the chorus sung by the crowd and recorded at last month's League 1 match against Fleetwood Town at Valley Parade.

The song - which also features members of City's first team squad - will be played ahead of the Bantams' final home game of the season against Barnsley on Saturday, when there'll also be a minute's silence to remember the 56 fans who died in the tragedy on May 11, 1985.

It's due for full release on Tuesday 28th April, priced at just 99p, and it can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

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