Parkinson cautious after play-off glory

19 May 2013 08:17

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson stopped short of targeting the npower Championship next season after seeing his team sweep aside Northampton with a 3-0 victory at Wembley in the npower League Two play-off final.

The Bantams crowned a memorable season by securing their first promotion since reaching the top flight 14 years ago, three months after their historic Wembley appearance in the final of the Capital One Cup. Three goals inside the first 28 minutes from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and Nahki Wells ensured Bradford end a 64-game season on a glorious high.

But when asked if his side would now chase back-to-back promotions, Parkinson said: "You've got to be careful before you go shouting from the rooftops. When we've settled down we'll discuss what budget we're going to have to go forward with next season and see how we can do."

He added: "But whatever budget and players we have, one thing Bradford City is now known for is that we have a group of players who give their all and we'll do that again next year."

Parkinson, 45, confirmed he had verbally agreed a new contract with the club "ages ago", but was waiting to sign it at the same time as assistant Steve Parkin and fitness coach Nick Allamby, whose deals were still in the process of being completed.

"When we've had the celebrations this week I'll sit down with (joint-chairmen) Julian (Rhodes) and Mark (Lawn) and hopefully we'll get that finished."

The former Colchester, Charlton and Hull boss said this season's achievements - City became the first club from the bottom tier to reach a major cup final at Wembley in February - were his best yet as a manager.

"To get to a major cup final and beat three Premier League teams along the way and then to bounce back from that, yes I think so," he said.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd said his side were "unrecognisable" from the team that finished four points ahead of Bradford. "We looked like rabbits in the headlights for the first 30 minutes. Three-nil down is a massive uphill battle," he said.

"What's most disappointing for me is that all I wanted was for that group of players to play to their potential on a fantastic stage and we didn't do that. When you come to a place like this you want to go away a winner. Bradford got what they deserved, so well done to them."

Source: PA

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