Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson helps to lift gloom by creating winning mentality

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: PICTURE OF HAPPINESS: There are more smiles than sad faces after games at Valley Parade since Phil Parkinson took over PICTURE OF HAPPINESS: There are more smiles than sad faces after games at Valley Parade since Phil Parkinson took over

Phil Parkinson has done more than just steer City into the first League Cup semi-final in their history.

He has transformed the mindset at a club that had grown too used to failure.

As the Bantams boss looked to bring his players back to terra firma today ahead of the weekend trip to promotion rivals Southend, Parkinson reflected on the huge shift of attitude around Valley Parade.

Changing the collective mood was the priority when he took the job 16 months ago. And now everybody can see the difference.

Parkinson said: “You get that (defeatist) talk when you’ve had so many years of negativity. All you hear is that ‘everyone plays well when they come here’ and ‘we never do this or that’.

“But we had to make our own luck and that started with getting the structure right over the summer.

“You bring in fit, good players who’ve got desire and all of a sudden any nervousness about games is taken away because you’ve got a decent side.”

It has not happened overnight. City were not safe from the spectre of relegation last season until the middle of April.

But Parkinson knew by then how much had to change to turn the club from habitual losers to the serious challengers that one of their size should be.

“We said at the end of the season that the way you alleviate the pressure we had last year was to get a good team.

“Then you’ve got all the staff to put the work in place for them, make sure you’re fit, organised and tactically aware. At the moment that’s what we’ve done and we’ve got to keep it going.”

Parkinson spent a well-earned day off with his family and tried to let the adulation from beating Arsenal sink in. With City’s rammed schedule, time for reflection on how far they have already come is short and sweet.

He added: “When you have midweek games, you hardly spend any time with them from Saturday through until Tuesday.

“I’m sure the players couldn’t wait to see their families either. Nahki Wells’ dad came over from Bermuda and Carl McHugh’s whole family flew in from Ireland – they must be so proud.

“At the moment it’s difficult to grasp the enormity of what we have done. Arsene Wenger brought his best team to Valley Parade and we turned them over.”

The draw for the last four takes place after Leeds have played Chelsea next Wednesday.

Parkinson, who would love a West Yorkshire derby, is ecstatic at the thought of squeezing in two more games for a team that have already played more football than anyone in the country.

“You can’t complain about being in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup. Someone even mentioned Europe to me but I thought they were getting carried away a little bit!

“It’s terrific for everybody and the chairmen are absolutely buoyant. The money we’ll now make on top of what we’ve already got is sensational.”

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10:26am Thu 13 Dec 12

KnightMcCall says...

I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support.

There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance.
I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support. There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance. KnightMcCall
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10:30am Thu 13 Dec 12

Peter300 says...

Well done to the manager, staff and players. Is SHAUN from RICHMOND going to offer his backing? Or is he just waiting for the next defeat? Is Macca 19696961661696191 going to see sense at last? Or is he still wanting Parkinson sacked and calling the players lazy????
Well done to the manager, staff and players. Is SHAUN from RICHMOND going to offer his backing? Or is he just waiting for the next defeat? Is Macca 19696961661696191 going to see sense at last? Or is he still wanting Parkinson sacked and calling the players lazy???? Peter300
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10:32am Thu 13 Dec 12

Rambo says...

After years of absolute dire football under Taylor, and (sorry to say) soft football under McCall, what a complete contrast it is.

What is there to be negative about? We've been going on for years about players who want to play for BCFC and we have it. The spirit and mental strength are there - wether its holding out after AFC equalised or from coming back 3 times at Bristol. We are playing some entertaining stuff at times, and are getting results to back it up.

4th in the league heading into Xmas. In previous years we absolutely crumbled in these periods where we had holiday/rearranged games in a short period of time but we know we are much better this time

And of course a great cup run along the way.

And - a team that doesn't panic in front of a large following like we've seen so many times, and probably the one thing that has hurt so much in recently years.
After years of absolute dire football under Taylor, and (sorry to say) soft football under McCall, what a complete contrast it is. What is there to be negative about? We've been going on for years about players who want to play for BCFC and we have it. The spirit and mental strength are there - wether its holding out after AFC equalised or from coming back 3 times at Bristol. We are playing some entertaining stuff at times, and are getting results to back it up. 4th in the league heading into Xmas. In previous years we absolutely crumbled in these periods where we had holiday/rearranged games in a short period of time but we know we are much better this time And of course a great cup run along the way. And - a team that doesn't panic in front of a large following like we've seen so many times, and probably the one thing that has hurt so much in recently years. Rambo
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11:02am Thu 13 Dec 12

Peter Beagrie Is Mint says...

Get this man tied down for a few more years! Parkinson is a class act and if he moves we want some serious compensation, but I hope he stays and finishes the job.
Get this man tied down for a few more years! Parkinson is a class act and if he moves we want some serious compensation, but I hope he stays and finishes the job. Peter Beagrie Is Mint
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11:27am Thu 13 Dec 12

Scholemoor Rovers says...

Thats my biggest fear. Theres no doubt clubs in the leagues above or closer to his home will have seen what he's done in 18 months at bradford city and will be aware his contract runs out in the summer. The best signing and next signings the club should make are those of the 2 parkies.
Thats my biggest fear. Theres no doubt clubs in the leagues above or closer to his home will have seen what he's done in 18 months at bradford city and will be aware his contract runs out in the summer. The best signing and next signings the club should make are those of the 2 parkies. Scholemoor Rovers
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1:29pm Thu 13 Dec 12

nhenryv says...

Parky is still a hero and a legend at Reading - don't be surprised if they come for him before the end of the season...
Parky is still a hero and a legend at Reading - don't be surprised if they come for him before the end of the season... nhenryv
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5:40pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Pablo says...

KnightMcCall wrote:
I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support.

There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance.
Quite right. On that basis we should have steadfastly stuck with Peter Taylor. I'm sure he'd have come good....someday.
[quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support. There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance.[/p][/quote]Quite right. On that basis we should have steadfastly stuck with Peter Taylor. I'm sure he'd have come good....someday. Pablo
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11:33am Fri 14 Dec 12

KnightMcCall says...

Pablo wrote:
KnightMcCall wrote:
I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support.

There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance.
Quite right. On that basis we should have steadfastly stuck with Peter Taylor. I'm sure he'd have come good....someday.
That's a very defensive response Pablo. Some were calling for PP to go before last xmas. Others were looking deeper at the situation with City becoming harder to beat; PP bringing in a couple of excellent signings in Reid and Davies and were more realistic in realising that PP was up against it last season and needed some time.

Peter Taylor was also put under pressure from day one with unrealistic expectations. Try and understand how difficult the job of City manager is and be a bit more reasonable in criticising (or complimenting). Look at Arsenal for example; Wenger has proven he is a great manager but he can't stop Man City and Man Utd nicking his very best players. Should he be sacked Pablo?
[quote][p][bold]Pablo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KnightMcCall[/bold] wrote: I hope that those who refused to give him a chance; called him deadbeat, said he couldn't manage, couldn't spot a player, was tactically naive etc can now see that they were wrong all along. Time to give him 100% support. There is a growing trend of fans having to rescind their negative opinions on people involved with running the club, managing the players and playing the football. Perhaps those who are so quick to criticise will take a breath in future and give people a chance.[/p][/quote]Quite right. On that basis we should have steadfastly stuck with Peter Taylor. I'm sure he'd have come good....someday.[/p][/quote]That's a very defensive response Pablo. Some were calling for PP to go before last xmas. Others were looking deeper at the situation with City becoming harder to beat; PP bringing in a couple of excellent signings in Reid and Davies and were more realistic in realising that PP was up against it last season and needed some time. Peter Taylor was also put under pressure from day one with unrealistic expectations. Try and understand how difficult the job of City manager is and be a bit more reasonable in criticising (or complimenting). Look at Arsenal for example; Wenger has proven he is a great manager but he can't stop Man City and Man Utd nicking his very best players. Should he be sacked Pablo? KnightMcCall
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