Phil Parkinson: Bradford City boss signs new deal

Phil Parkinson
Phil Parkinson is the sixth longest-serving boss in the Football League, after taking over at Bradford in August 2011

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson has signed a new three-year deal.

The 47-year-old took over at Valley Parade in August 2011 and helped the club to promotion from League Two in 2012-13.

He guided the Bantams to the League Cup final in that same year and last season led them to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"I'm very proud of my record here so far but I've been very lucky to receive the backing I've had from the chairmen and board," he told the club website.external-link

"You always need good people around you as a manager, and I think we have a very good team both above me at boardroom level and around me at the training ground.

"We are all still striving to keep improving - that is the key. Hopefully we can continue to do that and make this season a successful one.

"It is a fantastic honour to be the manager of this football club. Every time I drive to the ground for a match day, I always get a feeling of immense pride that I am the manager of Bradford City."

Parkinson's assistant Steve Parkin, goalkeeping coach Lee Butler and head of sport science Nick Allamby have also signed new three-year deals.

The Bantams are currently 11th in League One with eight points from their first six matches this season.