By Mark Ashdown
I was a supporter of David Hopkin. Anyone who could last more than a week working with Edin Rahic deserves a gallantry medal.
He was not a Bantams legend. I saw most of his games as a City player. He was little better than hopeless, and exceptionally poor value for money. His managerial experience is ‘iffy’ being mainly with part-time clubs in one of the worst semi-professional leagues in Europe, he was also something of a one trick pony and he did not have the staff to pull that trick off.
Lest we forget, he inherited the absolute garbage left by Rahic and the ‘transfer committee’ or in other words Rahic. I have just finished reading Joey Barton’s book ‘No nonsense’, it is a fantastic read and highly recommended. Barton mentions that a team lives or dies via recruitment – and as a result of insane and expensive recruitment, we are heading through the curtains at the crematorium. It is all but over, one would think, with Monday’s news. Sadly, I thought we had some stability with Hopkin, hence I wish him all the very best.
At least we won’t have had to pay up another long contract with the falling on the sword.
Hopkin to his credit introduced a foreign concept to his inherited squad: fitness. Following the light hand of the Michael Collins’ version of a pre-season, Hopkin improved things noticeably.
However, rest easy folks. Martin Drury is according to Michael Collins “one of the best coaches in the country”. By that virtue we can conclude that he isn’t, as everything else Collins mentioned was universally incorrect by several miles. The other test of that bold statement, if we needed one, would be to have a chat with people in the game and ask who they think the best coaches are? Sadly Drury does not feature.
I called a relegation season in June. The logic was simple: relegation form for the final months of the season and a highly depleted team being run by an obvious charlatan and imbecile. Yet still, we could actually survive.
We won’t survive with Drury obviously, he will be the third of the transfer committee to have their three year contacts paid up at some point, he is also synonymous with failure. The club is still a poisoned chalice, but not the toxic hell hole Rahic created. I would doubt if Michael Flynn can be recruited but we might get Gary Jones or Mark Bower, who has done well with BPA in difficult circumstances.
One just wonders what Stefan Rupp thought on hearing the latest fiasco? Do fans of Bradford City still deserve much, much better? It must be hurting Rupp like hell, how was he duped how did he agree to fund Rahic’s dream. I doubt he will have the Sabbath Bloody Sabbath CD in the Merc, but ‘dreams turn to nightmares, heaven turns to hell’ rings out from that CD loud and clear. I can recommend another book by former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan to Rupp, it’s called ‘Be careful what you wish for’. Jordan burned his entire £75,000,000 fortune on that piece of vanity. Rupp won’t be making the same mistake.
Can I be the first to ask where we all think we will finish in Div 2? Years of progress is wrecked.