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Tuesday, 1 January, 2002, 18:49 GMT
Law moves to Bradford
Nicky Law issues instructions as Chesterfield manager
Law guided Chesterfield to promotion last season
Nicky Law has been appointed the new manager of Bradford City after leaving Division Two strugglers Chesterfield.

Law replaces Jim Jeffries, who resigned as manager of Division One side Bradford on Christmas Eve.

Law guided the Spireites to promotion last season despite a nine-point penalty imposed on the club for financial irregularities.

Law, who has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Valley Parade, said: "This is a great opportunity for me.

  Nicky Law's career
1961: Born 9 August
1981: Signs for Barnsley
1985: Joins Blackpool
1987: Joins Plymouth for 40,000
1988: Joins Notts County for 70,000
1990: Joins Rotherham for 30,000
1993: Moves to Chesterfield for first time
1996: Moves to Hereford
1997: Becomes Chesterfield community officer
2000: Chesterfield caretaker manager
2001: 31 December, takes over as Bradford manager
"I have always hoped that I would get the chance to take charge of a club like Bradford City and wondered if it would ever come along.

"It has taken two years, but it has now arrived and I am absolutely delighted.

"I had two great years at Chesterfield. Sure we went through some difficult times but we stuck together, buckled down and gained promotion against all the odds."

Caretaker Bradford manager Steve Smith will remain in charge for Saturday's Division One match away to leaders Burnley.

Delighted City chairman Geoffrey Richmond said: "There were a large number of applicants for the vacant managerial position.

"Nicky Law had an extremely difficult baptism as a league manager at Chesterfield where, despite off-the-field problems, he achieved promotion against all the odds.

"The qualities I believe he will bring to the post are his ambition, passion, work ethic and his outstanding ability to discover young talent."

Chesterfield assistant manager Ian Banks will move with Law to Bradford.

Kevin Hornsby will also be joining the pair as Bradford's new fitness coach.

Dave Rushbury has agreed to temporarily take charge of team affairs at Chesterfield ahead of their game with Brentford this weekend.

Chesterfield chairman Ian Yeowart said: "We would not wish to stand in the way of Nicky Law's ambitions in the game but are sad to lose him.

"We thank him for his efforts at Chesterfield and wish him all the best in his new job."

Bradford City manager Nicky Law
"It's going to be such a big challenge for me"
Bradford City chairman Geoffrey Richmond
"We met this morning and agreed terms"
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