Date: 13th June 2016 at 12:56pm
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Interest from Bolton had been played down.

But we now know Phil Parkinson can add Bradford to Hull, Colchester and Charlton as his former clubs after deciding to take up the offer from Bolton.

Last week the 48-year-old was appointed at the Macron Stadium, taking his assistant Steve Parkin with him beating the likes of Nigel Adkins and Steve Cotterill to become the successor to Neil Lennon who left Bolton by mutual consent in March.

Parkinson did a great job at Bradford taking us into the League Cup final in 2013, beating Arsenal and Aston Villa on the way but couldn’t manage the final push against Swansea also taking us to the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2015, of course beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Sunderland before losing to Reading in a replay.

Since the German consortium took over at Bradford Parkinson had been linked with an exit with it thought new owners could be looking at bringing in someone else anyway with Uwe Rosler mentioned.

He’s told the BBC the new owners hadn’t ‘pushed’ him out he just felt he needed a ‘fresh challenge’ with Bolton ‘too good to turn down.’

‘It was a very tough call to leave, and I just felt that I wanted a fresh challenge. I’d like to thank the new owners, who’ve been very reasonable and fair about this and they haven’t for one minute pushed me out of the door. I wish them all the best for the future and I think they’ll be very successful. I just fancied a new challenge and got this great opportunity, and it was too good to turn down.’

Both Bradford and the club have insisted this was a parting on ‘mutually good terms.’

Joint owner Edin Rahic told Official Website

‘Everyone at the club appreciates what Phil has achieved as manager of Bradford City. We wanted him to stay and work with us as new owners but he has decided to leave on his own terms. It was not our decision for him to go and it is only fair after such a long and successful time at the club we did not stand in his way to follow another opportunity. We only waited to communicate this news when it was officially completed.’

As well as assistant Parkin going with him, goalkeeping coach Lee Butler, Head of Sports Performance Nick Allamby and Head Scout Tim Breacker also moved on from Valley Parade to join him at Bolton.

Upon confirming his exit the statement added.

‘We now turn our attention to finding a replacement for Phil who can play a leading role in what promises to be an exciting new era for Bradford City Football Club. We ask you all as Bradford City supporters to do what you do best and support the club.’

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