BRADFORD City have appointed David Hopkin as the club’s new head coach.

As exclusively revealed by the Telegraph & Argus last night, the 48-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the Bantams and will begin work today, as City gear up for Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

The move follows swift on the heels of the sacking of Michael Collins last night.

Hopkin departed Livingston in the summer after sealing back-to-back promotions, guiding the club from League One to the Scottish Premiership.

The former City star and Scotland international plied his trade with Chelsea, Leeds and Crystal Palace before eventually retiring in 2003.

Hopkin will take training for the first time today, after this morning meeting with players and staff.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Bantams and cannot wait to get started.

“This is a huge opportunity for me. We have a talented squad and I am looking forward to working with the players and staff.

“The club is ambitious and so am I. Although my time as a player here was cut short by injury, I enjoyed my stay and took away some great memories.

“Our supporters are extremely passionate and I want to give them a team and performances they can be proud of.”

Chairman Edin Rahic added: “We are very pleased to welcome David to the club.

“David received a great deal of admiration for his success in Scotland, with Livingston.

“He is very passionate about our club and is excited to be in charge.”

Assistant coaches Martin Drury and Greg Abbott will support the new Bantams boss in preparing the team for Saturday’s clash at Blackpool.

Hopkin will make a decision on the makeup of his backroom team in the near future.