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Bradford City appoint Peter Jackson interim manager

Peter Jackson
Jackson was appointed Lincoln boss in October 2007

Bradford City will continue to consider managerial applications from "very good candidates" while former player Peter Jackson takes interim charge.

Some Bantams supporters have voiced concern the club have temporarily appointed a man out of work since being sacked by Lincoln in September 2009.

But City joint chairman Mark Lawn said: "Peter knows the club, knows what the fans want and he's a tested manager."

Jackson, 49, replaces Peter Taylor who left following the win over Stockport.

Lawn continued to BBC Radio Leeds: "Where we are in the table we don't need inexperience at the present, even for the short term we needed someone with a bit of experience.

"The fact Peter was out of work for a while doesn't make him a bad manager, there's lots that are out of work.

"We've had about 40 to 50 apply and there's some very good candidates across those who are applying. We're in the lucky state that we can take a little bit of time now and interview people to get the right person for the post.

"If he carries on winning, I won't be able to get rid of him. That's what I've told him. He's in the seat, but it's going to take us a week or two, there's a lot of interviews to go through because we want to see these people.

"There's some high quality people there and we want to take our time and make sure we get it right. We thought we got it right with Peter Taylor, but unfortunately it didn't work out."

Jackson had two spells at Valley Parade as a player and told BBC Radio Leeds it was "special" to be back.

"This is where I set off my football career and it's surreal really that now I'm back nearly 35 years later as manager," he said.

"It's a big job for me personally and for my family because we're all from Bradford.

"I've got firm belief that I can get this job, it's going to be hard with the games coming up against Gillingham and Rotherham - it's a massive challenge for me.

"I can't put a timescale on how long Peter Jackson will be at Bradford City, whether it's two years or two days, I don't know.

"All I can do is be myself, be Peter Jackson, and I'll walk away from this job knowing I've given it 110%, and that's what this club needs.

"I've not slept for two days with excitement at what could happen at this football club and thinking about what I can do - it's been a wonderful two days for me."



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