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Chris Kamara delighted at Bradford City resurgence
Former City boss Chris Kamara believes the good times might just be on their way back at Valley Parade – but that doesn’t mean he is not pained by the club’s current plight.
Kamara was a key cog in the Bantams’ memorable years in the late 1990s, steering the club to Division One with a play-off victory over Notts County.
That laid the platform for Paul Jewell to deliver Premier League football to the club – but it has been a depressing tale of both off and on-field woes for much of the years since.
As a result the City of the current season are a side looking to get themselves out of League Two, a fact that can’t help but disappoint former boss Kamara.
But under the charge of Phil Parkinson, 54-year-old Kamara believes the seeds of recovery are starting to show and he is delighted.
“It’s obviously a shame about what has happened at Bradford after the time that myself and Paul Jewell enjoyed at the club when things went great on the pitch,” said Kamara.
“In many ways they felt the fall-out of going to the Premier League in terms of their ambition. Things started to go wrong and they now find themselves in League Two.
“They are down but they are definitely not out and I think they are looking like they are starting to recover a little bit.
“It looks as if things are turning under Phil Parkinson, which is great for the club. The manager seems to be getting his team sorted, which is a good sign for the season ahead.”
Like the majority of teams in the lower reaches of the Football League, a significant cup run could reap huge dividends for City both this season and beyond.
They have done the hard work in the Capital One Cup by securing a third-round tie against Burton tomorrow night.
And Kamara believes that seeing off the Brewers at Valley Parade could help Parkinson’s side continue their recent resurgence even further.
“For all the clubs like Bradford in the third round, they’ll be thinking about the economic situation and what a tie in the next round against maybe Arsenal or Manchester United could bring,” he said.
“There are so many clubs that are on their backsides at the minute who will be desperate for a big tie, whether it be at home or away. A big home game could attract the TV cameras and bring a lot of money.”
* Chris Kamara is helping fans who may witness a giant-killing in the Capital One Cup with an exclusive light-hearted video guide to treating the effects of shock. To view the video visit www.facebook.com/capitaloneuk.