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Accrington boss John Coleman eyed Bradford City role

John Coleman
Coleman has been in charge of Accrington for over 500 games

Accrington boss John Coleman says he would have been interested in speaking to Bradford City about the vacant managerial position at Valley Parade.

Accrington granted City permission to talk to Coleman, however compensation appears to have been a stumbling block.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "For my own personal ambition I'd have had to be interested because it's a vehicle you could take further than Accrington.

"But I still love my job here and that hasn't changed one bit."

The Liverpool-born boss added: "As it stands now the club [Accrington] did give me permission to speak to Bradford but the compensation they wanted is too great for Bradford to pay if they decided they wanted to, or if I interviewed and I interviewed well enough for them to offer me the job.

"It's the nature of football isn't it? You sign a contract in good faith and deal with it as it comes. The club were well within their rights to ask for whatever compensation they want.

They're a city club and city clubs generally have bigger followings

Accrington manager John Coleman

"But I haven't been interviewed and it doesn't look like I will."

Bradford are six places worse off than Accrington in League Two and are currently languishing just seven points above the drop zone.

The manager's position became vacant last week when Peter Taylor left by mutual consent after a year in charge Peter Taylor left by mutual consent after a year in charge and former player Peter Jackson has since been named as interim boss.

But Coleman believes there is more long-term potential at a club who finished runners-up in the second tier of English football in 1999.

"If anyone's got any ambition about themselves they should think that Bradford shouldn't be a League Two side," said the 48-year-old. "They should definitely be playing at a higher level.

"Whether myself or Jimmy [Bell - assistant manager] would have been the people to deliver what they haven't had we'll probably never know.

"They're a city club and city clubs generally have bigger followings and can have the ability to climb the leagues higher than teams that don't come from cities."

Accrington travel to Lincoln City in League Two on Saturday.

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Bantams make Jackson interim boss
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Manager Taylor to leave Bradford
24 Feb 11 |  Bradford
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16 Feb 11 |  Accrington
Coleman targets winning mentality
03 Feb 11 |  Accrington
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08 Oct 10 |  Accrington

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