Bradford City sign up Richardson for recruiting role

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: City boss Phil Parkinson has got to know new head of recruitment Russ Richardson well over the years City boss Phil Parkinson has got to know new head of recruitment Russ Richardson well over the years

City have put down a marker for the future by appointing a new head of recruitment.

Russ Richardson has joined the back-room staff after similar roles with Bristol City and Preston, among other clubs.

He will be a key figure in City’s shopping plans for next month’s transfer window and was due to watch one potential target on Saturday.

Phil Parkinson also feels Richardson’s arrival can have a longer-term impact.

The City boss said: “I feel this is an important period for the club, both with the short-term and long-term planning.

“Russ has got great contacts at all levels of football. Steve (Parkin) and I are going to be working hard preparing for games and Russ in the background is going to help us boost the squad up both in January and with the long term.

“It’s an area of the club which we felt we could do with developing.”

Richardson worked closely with Bantams assistant boss Parkin at Mansfield, Rochdale and Barnsley. But Parkinson has got to know him through scouting games at different clubs.

He said: “I always bumped into Russ at games down the years and got to know him very well through that. Since I’ve been at Bradford, that’s been the case even more.

“His knowledge of players is exceptional and he can back up what is going to be a big period for the club.”

Fans will also see the new appointment as an indication that the present management team intend to put down roots at Valley Parade.

Both Parkinson’s and Parkin’s contracts expire at the end of June and Mark Lawn revealed last week that there were no immediate plans to discuss new deals because of the hectic fixture schedule.

City had an unexpected breather on Saturday when their scheduled trip to Wycombe was one of many victims of the weekend’s wet weather.

Referee Scott Mathieson pulled the plug at 10.30am after inspecting the waterlogged Adams Park pitch.

It was a huge frustration for the army of away supporters attracted by the free tickets that City had snapped up for the game. Around 13 coach-loads of fans had to turn round on the M1.

Parkinson said: “Steve (Parkin) went down for the pitch inspection and it was nowhere near playable.

“It’s unfortunate but it’s one of those things you can’t do anything about. You just have to get on with it and the lads were back in training yesterday.”

No new date for the game has been decided yet but tickets from the weekend will still apply.

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4:52pm Sun 23 Dec 12

tyker2 says...

it is avery interesting appointment. Maybe a less volatile version of Archie Chrsitie (say it quietly)
it is avery interesting appointment. Maybe a less volatile version of Archie Chrsitie (say it quietly) tyker2

7:49pm Sun 23 Dec 12

340stopper says...

Totally agree as i am sure the tail will not be wagging the dog with this appointment.
More good news in a season we will long remember with pride.
Totally agree as i am sure the tail will not be wagging the dog with this appointment. More good news in a season we will long remember with pride. 340stopper

7:49pm Sun 23 Dec 12

340stopper says...

Totally agree as i am sure the tail will not be wagging the dog with this appointment.
More good news in a season we will long remember with pride.
Totally agree as i am sure the tail will not be wagging the dog with this appointment. More good news in a season we will long remember with pride. 340stopper

9:40pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Birky_Neil says...

Whoisevans? wrote:
I would suggest anyone who can't make the replay of the Wycombe game.To return their ticket and maybe the club can either get a refund or it could allow other dedicated City fans who can make it to go. Why should Wycombe benefit from a postponed game.
I think we should boycott the game and return all the tickets as the more I read about this the more I begin to think Wycombe did not give a dam about playing a game when they had 3 key players out due to suspension and 2 out injured. If they had covered the pitch then the game might of been payable. Hope we slaughter them when we do play them.
Whoisevans? wrote: I would suggest anyone who can't make the replay of the Wycombe game.To return their ticket and maybe the club can either get a refund or it could allow other dedicated City fans who can make it to go. Why should Wycombe benefit from a postponed game. I think we should boycott the game and return all the tickets as the more I read about this the more I begin to think Wycombe did not give a dam about playing a game when they had 3 key players out due to suspension and 2 out injured. If they had covered the pitch then the game might of been payable. Hope we slaughter them when we do play them. Birky_Neil

4:18am Mon 24 Dec 12

hx3bantam says...

The pitch didn't look too bad yesterday when Wasps were playing on it!
The pitch didn't look too bad yesterday when Wasps were playing on it! hx3bantam

11:06pm Wed 26 Dec 12

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

How is it that the Wycombe pitch was not fit to stage a football match yet, playable enough for Wasps to play rugby union?
How is it that the Wycombe pitch was not fit to stage a football match yet, playable enough for Wasps to play rugby union? GABRIEL.NORDE

2:00pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Peter300 says...

Weather!
Weather! Peter300

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