Bradford City quickly appoint David Hopkin as their new manager 12 hours after sacking Michael Collins

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The former Bantams player and Livingstone manager has been handed the reins at Valley Parade

Bradford City have confirmed the appointment of David Hopkin as their new manager, the morning after they confirmed the departure of former boss Michael Collins.

The Bantams fired Collins on Monday night after a poor start to the campaign, and Hopkin was in position just 12 hours later on Tuesday morning.

The 48-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the League One club.

Hopkin, who had a brief spell as a player at Valley Parade, has been out of work since leaving Scottish club Livingston in the summer.

He told the club’s official website: “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.”

Hopkin made 11 appearances in a short spell as a Bradford player

Hopkin made 11 appearances in a short spell as a Bradford player

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.”

Hopkin becomes Bradford’s fourth manager in this calendar year, following on from Stuart McCall, Simon Grayson and Collins.

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