Doing your homework on League One rivals a smart move, says Bantams boss (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Doing your homework on League One rivals a smart move, says Bantams boss
Phil Parkinson is working on the percentage game to keep City at the right end of League One.
The Bantams boss is known for his meticulous approach and in-depth preparation, making sure he knows everything about everyone they will come up against.
Moving up a division, Parkinson is relishing the chance to pit his wits against managers who are happy to cram in just as much homework on his own side.
He said: “When you go up a level, everything improves – the fitness, quality of the football, the strength and the preparation of the opposition manager against your team.
“Clubs have got more resources to do their homework about you but after the exposure we had last year, I expected it.
“There’s a better quality of manager and coach so there’s a better standard of preparation and we’ve got to do likewise. It’s every little percentage behind the scenes that we have to keep improving on to stay pace by pace with the other clubs.
“There’s no room in this league to have two or three players who aren’t quite at the races and it’s the same with all of us.
“There are not many weak teams at this level. Most have got stronger squads in terms of depth to what we faced last year.”
Meanwhile, Andy Gray is expected to be involved in more contact in training this week.
The striker has been out of action since breaking his arm in the opening pre-season friendly at Guiseley.
Parkinson said: “He’s joined in a little bit of football but not been allowed to do contact stuff. It’s frustrating for Andy because he’s done all the running he needs to do. He can’t get much fitter.”
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