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Tuesday, 6 August, 2002, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Bradford to play on
Geoffrey Richmond
Richmond says he has lost confidence of many fans
Bradford City have been given the go-ahead to start the coming season, as chairman Geoffrey Richmond stepped down from his post.

Richmond is due to be replaced by projected new co-owners Julian Rhodes, a current director, and theme park owner Gordon Gibb.

Among the conditions set by the Football League is a deadline of 1600 BST on Friday for the two men to reach a final agreement over their planned takeover and rescue package.


I have always said if I lost the confidence of a significant number of the supporters I would walk away
Geoffrey Richmond

The League board also require Bradford to secure a financial agreement by then with the Professional Footballers' Association, who have helped them during their recent financial plight.

The news of Bradford's acceptance for the coming season comes on the same day as Richmond tendered his resignation.

The change took place after the Football League rubberstamped a creditors' voluntary agreement which was put in place last week.

Richmond said: "I believe that the supporters of this club are split and I believe that while I am here the fans will remain divided.

"I have always said if such a day arrived when I lost the confidence of a significant number of the supporters of this club that it would be the right thing for me to walk away.

"I believe that time has now arrived," he told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

Richmond did not attend Tuesday's Football League chiefs' meeting, at which the League's two leading executives resigned.

Bradford's future was secured last week after its creditors voted to accept a rescue package to save the debt-ridden club.

Richmond admitted responsibility for running up huge debts at Valley Parade during the club's ill-fated two-year stint in the Premiership.

And Gibb, Richmond's prospective successor, has warned fans not to expect any major signings for a long time.

"I'd love to give a sexy player acquisition plan but unfortunately the financial constraints are obvious," admitted Gibb.

"We are going to have to react to that and come up with a full strategic review.

"We have formulated a financial plan and it doesn't involve huge acquisitions over the next three years."

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