We finally found out this morning that Peter Jackson is to lose his ‘interim’ title to be replaced by ‘full time’ as he is appointed Bradford City manager on a full time basis. Colin Cooper has also extended his association with the club by a year too. Excellent news considering his coaching qualities and reputation. Now, I was never one of his biggest fans and I’m still not sure whether he did enough to earn the job in light of some other candidates who to me appear better. But nonetheless Jacko will get my 100% support.
Having turned the job down ten years ago, Jackson finally accepts the job he always wanted and will no doubt give it his all. Jacko perhaps gets the job in the best position any of the managers the club has had in its time in League Two. While that may sound strange, considering last season and the rag bag of players that are left at the club, Jackson comes in at a time - following financial worry and last year’s poor showing – when expectations are at an all time low. This should allow him the freedom to build his own team and squad under considerably less pressure, which in turn should increase the chances of him getting it right.
Since the first day Jackson arrived at the club, he has said all the right things and has personified enthusiasm. He is clearly enthusiastic, passionate and completely happy to be at the club. Hopefully some of this can rub off on his players and we may finally see a team which is ready to compete at this level. The past year saw one of the most disinterested teams to take to the field at Valley Parade, and Jackson’s enthusiasm and motivational prowess is undoubtedly one of the qualities that got him the full time gig.
He’s done it before, albeit eight years ago, with Huddersfield, he can do it again. And I sincerely hope he does do it this time. All of what he is saying is right, his targets are supposedly exciting players, and we’ve already been promised (Where have I heard that one before?!) attacking, entertaining football. With the issue of the ground sorted for now, next season is beginning to look brighter. We just need our nice, new Nike kits now!
Without wanting to tempt fate; What could possibly go wrong......?