Mark Hughes Makes Unexpected Return as Manager of League Two Bradford City

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League Two Bradford City have confirmed the appointment of Mark Hughes as manager.

Hughes has signed a deal until the summer of 2024, replacing Derek Adams at Valley Parade.

Mark Hughes Makes Shock at League Two Bradford City

Coup Appointment for the Bantams

Welshman Mark Hughes had been out of management since a short spell at Southampton in 2018. The 58-year-old shocked the footballing world when being announced as Bradford City’s new manager this morning. The spectacular return will no doubt see big expectations for a club that doesn’t want to be in League Two.

The Bantams sit 15th in the League Two table after a poor start to the season. They are 10 points shy of the play-off places with 13 games left to play.

Hughes will take charge of his first game on Saturday, February 26, hosting Mansfield Town.

On his appointment, Hughes told “I am really pleased to be here and am looking forward to the role, and the job in hand. It has been an exciting few days. It is maybe a little bit of a surprise that I have come in, but do not be put off by that!

“I am here for a reason: to make Bradford City a team people want to come and watch – and are proud to watch.

“The supporters come in their numbers, and that is the thing I have missed since being out of management. I am looking forward to the matchday, getting that adrenaline flowing and interacting with the crowd.

“Certainly, from now until the end of the year, we just want to finish strongly and see where that takes us.

“We want to move the club and everybody with it forward, and hope we can have the success everyone wants.”

Hughes’ Incredible Experience

Hughes has been there and done it all. As a player, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea. As a manager, he has led his country and been a safe go-to for many Premier League clubs. In fact, the one thing he lacks is an experience of League Two.

The two-time Premier League winner with Manchester United has managed the seventh-highest number of games in the competition in history.

He was also trusted with the Manchester City job in the early days of the Sheikh Mansour regime.

Whether you’re a fan of Hughes or not, he will certainly bring a lot of interest to Bradford City in the coming years.

Chief executive officer Ryan Sparks added: “We are delighted to have secured Mark’s services, and I am looking forward to working alongside him.

“His record and stature in the game speaks for itself, and he has achieved a great deal. To have him in our dugout is representative of the club’s ambition and desire to be successful.

“Mark expressed an interest in becoming our manager and, following talks between myself and Stefan (Rupp), we are today thrilled to be in a position to unveil him.

“This is, without doubt, one of the most significant appointments in the history of our football club. Mark recognises our true potential – and has the desire to ensure we fulfil it.”


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