Show me the money! Bradford City boss Parkinson poised to find out player budget (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Show me the money! Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson poised to find out player budget
Phil Parkinson should find out tomorrow how much cash he will have to shop with this summer.
Parkinson has talks planned with City’s co-chairmen Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn when he expects to be told the size of his prospective budget.
The Bantams boss is desperate to get going with moulding the squad exactly how he wants for next season.
But his plans for transfer targets as well as the current players coming out of contract will be governed by the money available.
Parkinson said: “It’s slightly more complicated because the budget is dependent on season-ticket sales and revenue coming in.
“The chairmen are saying they’ve got to get a handle on that before we can finalise the figure.
If I was still playing, I’d want to join this clubPhil Parkinson
“Fagan, Flynn and Mitchell went to save on money. Now I’ve got to see exactly where we are with the finances.
“We’ve got to get a feel of the market as well.
“That’s really important because we don’t want to pay over the odds or offer players too little and lose out.
“But I’m speaking to agents all the time and make sure we pitch in at the right level which is fair for our existing players and the ones we want to attract.”
Parkinson, who plans to arrange a week in Ireland as part of pre-season, is confident of being able to sell the club to prospective new arrivals.
He insists the size of City still holds sway in football circles despite spending the last five seasons stuck in the bottom division.
He added: “People should want to come and play for Bradford.
“If I was still playing, I’d want to join this club.
“If a League One club came in for me as well and it was a lower mid-range one, then I’d go for Bradford.
“Like myself when I first came here, you can see the potential. It’s my job to sell that to people over the summer.
“But I also know that the stadium won’t get us promoted. The name Bradford City won’t get us to the top of the league - only the team can do that.”
The £199 season-ticket offer runs until the end of the month. Sales have been slow because of the uncertainty over City’s league position and the club will hope to see an acceleration heading up to the deadline.