Bradford City to resume Phil Parkinson contract talks after cup final

Phil Parkinson will take his players to look round Wembley the day before the final

Phil Parkinson will take his players to look round Wembley the day before the final

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Julian Rhodes hopes to get Phil Parkinson secured at Valley Parade once Wembley is over.

The City joint-chairman confirmed that contract talks with Parkinson will resume after the Capital One Cup final is out of the way.

Rhodes said: “There’s been a lot going on and we’ve just decided we are going to leave it until after the cup final. Hopefully a week or two after that we’ll be in the position to agree a new deal.

“There have been a few conversations about what the deal may be. But everybody wants to focus on Sunday.”

City will leave Bradford tomorrow morning and Parkinson is relishing the chance to train on decent facilities at the team hotel.

He said: “I can’t remember the last time we trained on grass. We’ve been on an artificial pitch every day and that’s got to impact on the lads’ legs.

“The two chairmen have been great letting us stay down the extra day before the final. We’ve worked hard to get here so we want to make the most of it.

“We want the lads to be able to look back in years to come and remember how we made it special for them – not just the game but also the build-up.”

Parkinson will also take the squad to Wembley on Saturday morning to look round the stadium. He hopes that will take away the shock factor the following day.

He explained: “I think it’s important to get a feel for the place. We don’t want to go there and have people taking photographs on the day of the game.

“Let’s soak it all in and then we’ll know what to expect come Sunday.

“Am I getting nervous? Not really. At the moment there’s so much to think about and to organise.

“Myself, Steve (Parkin) and the rest of the staff have blocked out as much as we can. We’ve got loads to sort out.”

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7:20am Thu 21 Feb 13

Go Torps! Yer flying. says...

Only 3 sleeps to go....!
Only 3 sleeps to go....! Go Torps! Yer flying.
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7:38am Thu 21 Feb 13

ajohnboy79 says...

Shirt, Scarf hung-up ready to go, belief....... Always with me. Cannot wait to cheer the lads on with 34,000 'new' family members for the day. Safe trip to Wembley everyone.
Shirt, Scarf hung-up ready to go, belief....... Always with me. Cannot wait to cheer the lads on with 34,000 'new' family members for the day. Safe trip to Wembley everyone. ajohnboy79
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7:54am Thu 21 Feb 13

tyker2 says...

all set up,shirts,hats and scarves, accommodation from Friday night organised in one place for our group,. A few beers and them make our way to the station leisurely from mid day Sunday.

Aim to arrive at around 2.00pm and back to accommodation on Sunday night watch the match again.

Cannot wait for group to gather. Spoke to an Aldershot supporter yesterday and all his mates are supporting City. Holdsworth sacked :no doubt they will be chasing Parky!!!
all set up,shirts,hats and scarves, accommodation from Friday night organised in one place for our group,. A few beers and them make our way to the station leisurely from mid day Sunday. Aim to arrive at around 2.00pm and back to accommodation on Sunday night watch the match again. Cannot wait for group to gather. Spoke to an Aldershot supporter yesterday and all his mates are supporting City. Holdsworth sacked :no doubt they will be chasing Parky!!! tyker2
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7:59am Thu 21 Feb 13

Bingban says...

To Phil and the players, great thanks for this trip and to everyone enjoy the weekend and whatever he result we are winners ITS ONLY A CUP ITS ONLY A CUP WE'RE SUPER CITY AND WE'RE GOING UP
To Phil and the players, great thanks for this trip and to everyone enjoy the weekend and whatever he result we are winners ITS ONLY A CUP ITS ONLY A CUP WE'RE SUPER CITY AND WE'RE GOING UP Bingban
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8:57am Thu 21 Feb 13

bettyswollocks says...

If he isn't feeling at least a little bit nervous he isn't human!

I'm feeling it all, nervous, excited and above all tremendously proud.
If he isn't feeling at least a little bit nervous he isn't human! I'm feeling it all, nervous, excited and above all tremendously proud. bettyswollocks
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9:44am Thu 21 Feb 13

RAF_Bantam says...

Fantastic night down at VP last night for the 5Live fans forum!

You could sense the excitement and anticipation in the air, not many people, Mark Lawn included give us a chance on Sunday, but who knows! Every dog has its day, I feel Sunday could be ours!

Parkinson is a manager that can not only talk the talk but is proving he can walk the walk and that's what this club has needed for a very long time! Hopefully, Mark, Julian and the rest of the board secure Phil for a few more seasons, allow him to build a squad and really kick on up the leagues because I feel he is the man who can!
Fantastic night down at VP last night for the 5Live fans forum! You could sense the excitement and anticipation in the air, not many people, Mark Lawn included give us a chance on Sunday, but who knows! Every dog has its day, I feel Sunday could be ours! Parkinson is a manager that can not only talk the talk but is proving he can walk the walk and that's what this club has needed for a very long time! Hopefully, Mark, Julian and the rest of the board secure Phil for a few more seasons, allow him to build a squad and really kick on up the leagues because I feel he is the man who can! RAF_Bantam
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10:11am Thu 21 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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Quote--" Parkinson will also take the squad to Wembley on Saturday morning to look round the stadium. He hopes that will take away the shock factor the following day."
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Exactly what I wanted the Squad to do!--I am delighted.
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Scarves -Past Seasons Shirts-Previous Wembley Flags-Tickets in Safe.-Parking and meals booked.
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Got to fly out of UK at 06.00 Monday Morning--Hoping to be so elated--I will not sleep on the 'Kite !'.
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Totally agree with RAF_Bantam says...
9:44am Thu 21 Feb 13--( I Spent 25 Years of undetected Crime in The Royal Air Force !!!).
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I hope 'Parky' agrees a new Contract with City --Irrespective of the result on Sunday.
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* Quote--" Parkinson will also take the squad to Wembley on Saturday morning to look round the stadium. He hopes that will take away the shock factor the following day." * Exactly what I wanted the Squad to do!--I am delighted. * Scarves -Past Seasons Shirts-Previous Wembley Flags-Tickets in Safe.-Parking and meals booked. * Got to fly out of UK at 06.00 Monday Morning--Hoping to be so elated--I will not sleep on the 'Kite !'. * Totally agree with RAF_Bantam says... 9:44am Thu 21 Feb 13--( I Spent 25 Years of undetected Crime in The Royal Air Force !!!). * I hope 'Parky' agrees a new Contract with City --Irrespective of the result on Sunday. * Freddy
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10:14am Thu 21 Feb 13

Meat Pie says...

A day of day awaits.

The trip of a lifetime (probably!) and one day I will never forget.

Can't wait to see our team in our fanous colours walk out at a Wembley Cup Final.

Good luck to Phil and the lads and safe journey to all those making the journey.

Just maybe, dreams do come true....

CTID
A day of day awaits. The trip of a lifetime (probably!) and one day I will never forget. Can't wait to see our team in our fanous colours walk out at a Wembley Cup Final. Good luck to Phil and the lads and safe journey to all those making the journey. Just maybe, dreams do come true.... CTID Meat Pie
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10:31am Thu 21 Feb 13

Skiptonbantam says...

Lets Get Ready, Lets Get Ready For

WEMBLEY
Lets Get Ready, Lets Get Ready For WEMBLEY Skiptonbantam
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12:42pm Thu 21 Feb 13

steeton bantam says...

A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose?
It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon!
A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose? It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon! steeton bantam
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12:58pm Thu 21 Feb 13

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents

Well the Team and Fans have come sofar...we might as well go all the way,,,Laugh
We will win 2-1

Yours

Gentlemanbob
Hi Gents Well the Team and Fans have come sofar...we might as well go all the way,,,Laugh We will win 2-1 Yours Gentlemanbob gentlemanbob
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2:16pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Whoisevans? says...

Whats wrong with getting Parky signed up now we could get a lift from the news. players and fans alike would be in Eutopia if the announcement was made before the game.
Whats wrong with getting Parky signed up now we could get a lift from the news. players and fans alike would be in Eutopia if the announcement was made before the game. Whoisevans?
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2:30pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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WEMBERLEE !--WEMBERLEE !

WE'RE THE FAMOUS BRADFORD CITY.
AND WE'RE GOING TO WEMBERLEE!

and repeat.
* WEMBERLEE !--WEMBERLEE ! WE'RE THE FAMOUS BRADFORD CITY. AND WE'RE GOING TO WEMBERLEE! and repeat. Freddy
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3:08pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Plastic Bantam says...

steeton bantam wrote:
A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose? It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon!
Doubt it the council don't do anything positive for the City!!
[quote][p][bold]steeton bantam[/bold] wrote: A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose? It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon![/p][/quote]Doubt it the council don't do anything positive for the City!! Plastic Bantam
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4:41pm Thu 21 Feb 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

steeton bantam wrote:
A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose?
It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon!
Hear, Hear...They're too 'tight-fisted' t do owt for City. Always HAVE BEEN. Even thru' "our" two administrations, twas us City Supporters who did our best NOT TO LOSE "OUR" CITY! As u say, steeton bantam, a "few" hundred quid, certainly would'nt bankrupt them!
[quote][p][bold]steeton bantam[/bold] wrote: A bit off topic but what about those not lucky enough to get tickets? Are there plans to show the game on the big screen in The City Park? Also have any plans been announced for a Civic Reception/open top bus win or lose? It's also been a bit sad to see the lack of effort that's been made around City Hall. Last time I looked the City flag is flying above City Hall and what look like a couple of flags bought from the illegal flag sellers on Manningham lane are flying on flag poles outside City Hall but that's it! I do appreciate the council are very short of money but I am sure nobody would have begrudged a few hundred quid being spend decorating the City Park in claret and amber. They could have hung one of those giant shirts on the Odeon![/p][/quote]Hear, Hear...They're too 'tight-fisted' t do owt for City. Always HAVE BEEN. Even thru' "our" two administrations, twas us City Supporters who did our best NOT TO LOSE "OUR" CITY! As u say, steeton bantam, a "few" hundred quid, certainly would'nt bankrupt them! GABRIEL.NORDE
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6:43pm Thu 21 Feb 13

balbrigganfc says...

Predicting Parky to sign

Come on you Bantams, ctid
Predicting Parky to sign Come on you Bantams, ctid balbrigganfc
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