Bradford City's co-owner Edin Rahic has come under intense criticism recently. Last season's decision to sack Phil Parkinson's replacement Stuart McCall with the club in fifth position did not go down well with supporters. The football played by the man who replaced him - Simon Grayson - was uninspiring. The club finished eleventh last season and did not renew Grayson's contract. Rumours began to emanate from Valley Parade that Rahic was micro-managing every aspect of the club, including picking the team.
Bradford appointed inexperienced 32 year old Michael Collins (previously under 18s coach) in his first ever managerial post at the start of this season. His tenure only lasted one month during which The Bantams won two and lost four league games and were eliminated from the cup by Macclesfield.
"I want to start by saying to you, our loyal supporters and partners, I am truly sorry for some of the decisions I have made – which have resulted in a loss of momentum. I understand some of our supporters are hurting at the moment and so am I. I feel responsible and accept I am open and perhaps deserving of some of the criticism which has come my way."
You see Roland? It can be done.
Collins was replaced by ex-Chelsea, Palace and Leeds man David Hopkin who had led Livingstone to two promotions to the SPL but who rejected a new contract in May. With his new team leading 2-0 after 85 minutes of their game at Blackpool last week, it seemed that he had made a dream start. They walked off the pitch a few minutes later having lost 2-3 and they now find themselves in 17th place.
In their three home games this season The Bantams have beaten Burton 1-0 but lost to Barnsley (0-2) and Wycombe (1-2). However, despite last week's collapse, there will no doubt be some new manager bounce as they entertain Charlton on Saturday.
Lee Bowyer will not be able to call on Fosu or Bielek this week but will have Cullen and Ward available for selection. Despite Bradford's league position this will not be an easy game for The Addicks and a draw would not be a bad outcome.