• December 7, 2023

Man Utd legend SACKED by League Two strugglers after horror spell in charge


BRADFORD have sacked manager Mark Hughes after 20 months in charge of the League Two club.

It comes after the fourth-tier side were beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Tranmere on Tuesday night.

Mark Hughes took charge of Bradford in February 2022


Mark Hughes took charge of Bradford in February 2022Credit: Alamy

Bradford have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions and sit 18th in League Two.

Midfielder Kevin McDonald will take charge of the team while they look for a permanent successor to Hughes – who took the club to the play-offs last season where they lost to Carlisle.

Bradford’s CEO Ryan Sparks confirmed the news, saying: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark and Glyn for their efforts and services to our football club over the past 19 months.

“They made a great impact when they arrived at the club, both on and off the field, and last season came close to delivering on our aims.

“Unfortunately, since our defeat at Carlisle in the play-off semi-final, results have been disappointing, and after 11 league games we find ourselves a long way away from where we expect to be.

“As a result, the decision has been taken to move in a different direction in an effort to get our season on track.

“On a personal level, I have very much enjoyed working alongside Mark and Glyn, and we go our separate ways on good terms.

“I would ask supporters to join me in wishing both them and their families the very best for the future, while reflecting on some of the memorable moments they brought us.”


Hughes had spent more than three years out of work before taking the Bradford job having been sacked by Southampton in December 2018.

He began his coaching career in 1999 after a storied playing career which saw him enjoy spells with Man Utd, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Everton.

Since hanging up his boots, he has coached the likes of Wales, Blackburn, Man City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke.

But Bradford fans seemed to be happy to see him go following a dismal run of form.

Speaking on social media, one said: “What a disaster of an appointment that was.”

While another added: “Was a nice guys but the lack of wanting to play the ball forward was bizarre. No idea what happens now, hope there is a plan in for place.”

And a third replied: “Thank you for last season Hughes, but it was needed.”


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