CITY joint owner Edin Rahic says the club will not be rushed into appointing a new boss following the shock departure of Phil Parkinson.

The Bantams began their hunt for his successor last Friday evening after the news of Parkinson’s exit to Bolton was confirmed.

Rahic has asked City fans to be patient as the club look to ensure they get the right man for the job.

He said: “Last week we had a manager who we were planning the summer and next season with. That changed very quickly, as it can in football.

“We could appoint a manager very quickly if we wanted but we will take time to speak to good candidates and get the right person for the job.

“We just have to make sure we interview a good range of candidates and only when we believe we have found the right person will we make the decision.

“There is no need to rush or panic at this stage.

“We ask for the patience of the fans because a lot has happened in the few weeks we have been here.

“When coming into any organisation, you would prefer the first few weeks and months to be more settled and we understand that fans will want answers to lots of questions but give us time.”

At a club with a large fan base and stable financial position, the vacant City post is sure to attract plenty of candidates.

Stuart McCall has already expressed his interest in returning for a second spell at the helm, while German Uwe Rosler has been linked with the club. Others high up in the betting for the post include Neil Redfearn, Paul Lambert and Nigel Adkins.

Rahic said: “Applications started coming in as early as Friday evening, which shows what an exciting potential job this is going to be for our new manager.

“It shows what a great job Phil has done but equally shows the size of the club we are now and the potential going forward.

“We will be meeting a number of managers over the next few days and we will listen to all candidates from across the football league industry.

“We want them to choose Bradford City and want them to work with us, as new owners, an established staff and supporter base and to fully understand what it means to be the manager of Bradford City.

“We want to be successful but we have long-term plans of sustainability and our new manager will want to buy into this as well.”