Bradford City: Phil Parkinson eyes new contract and cup success

Parkinson shock at Bradford cup run

Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is hoping to celebrate more Capital One Cup success with a new contract this week.

Premier League Aston Villa visit Valley Parade in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday, with Parkinson hoping to extend his stay beyond the end of the season.

"We're going to have a sit down, hopefully this week, and try and get my contract resolved," said Parkinson.

"But our aim on Tuesday is to get to the second leg still in the game."

Speaking about his contract, Parkinson, 45, added: "I'm enjoying it here, it's a great club and we're starting to build something. Me and the staff feel that if we could get this club going it could really take off and we're just at the start of that."

Bradford have beaten both Wigan and Arsenal to reach the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup, while only goal difference is keeping the Bantams out of the League Two play-off places.

Parkinson, who was appointed manager in August 2011, has overseen the upturn in fortunes and believes the cup run has raised the profile of the west Yorkshire club, who have twice entered administration and slipped down the divisions since being relegated from the Premier League in 2001.

"It's a big club - a sleeping giant - and we're trying to reawaken it," said Parkinson.

"If you look at the crowds we get in our division - 10 and 11,000 - that's quite extraordinary, and the fans we take on our travels.

"We went to Wigan and took over 5,000. We've had a full house against Arsenal, so the potential is there to say this club is a very good Championship club.

"You've seen it in the past, and Bradford have done it themselves and got in the Premier League. It could certainly hold its own in the Championship, no problem.

"The win against Arsenal certainly reminded everybody that Bradford City is up and running and starting to get going. Another really good performance would be great for the city again."

Parkinson admits his team will be the underdogs in the tie against Villa, but believes his players can spring another shock in the competition.

The former Colchester, Hull and Charlton manager told BBC Radio Leeds: "We have to take advantage of the fact they've conceded a lot of goals.

"It doesn't matter what level you play at, if you concede that number of goals then there is a vulnerability there, confidence-wise.

"We've shown the lads some footage from the Arsenal game, to remind them of the discipline and the shape of the team and how well we worked as a unit in that game.

"The lads have shown that they can compete against the best teams, we also know we have to be right at our best and Aston Villa will have to be well below par for us to progress, but anything can be achieved and we've got a group of lads who are going to relish the challenge."