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PARKINSON APOLOGISES FOR POST-MATCH COLCHESTER COMMENTS

5 February 2015

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson has apologised for his comments made to members of the press directly after last Saturday's Sky Bet League 1 fixture against Colchester United at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Parkinson expressed his concerns at the state of the playing surface at Valley Parade after his side had battled out a 1-1 draw with Colchester and named long-serving Club Directors Roger Owen and Graham Jones in his post-match interviews.

Following the drawn Colchester fixture, Parkinson met with club officials earlier this week to discuss the current condition of the pitch at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Parkinson said:“We had a long and productive meeting on Monday this week which involved the Joint Chairmen, Roger Owen, Stadium Manager David Dowse, James Mason, Steve Parkin, the Groundsman Mick Doyle and myself in an effort to see what could be done with the pitch, going forward.

"I was very frustrated after the Colchester game and in the heat of the moment said things which are not correct. With hindsight I should not have mentioned Roger Owen and Graham Jones as they are just Board member Directors with no specific responsibility for the pitch and I have apologised to them. We are all collectively responsible and are doing what we can to rectify the current situation.


"The meeting was amicable and constructive and we move forward.” 


A statement from the club's board added: " The Board acknowledge the work all the Directors do on an unpaid basis. All Directors pay a fee to be either on the Main Board or Associates and, in addition, in the case of Roger and Graham give up their time for free, not even expenses.

 

"Graham Jones and his firm have carried out a lot of Stadium maintenance whilst Roger Owen has led on Energy reduction and was responsible for the sale of the former Business Centre and played a part in the deals to secure the Training Ground and relocation of the Club shop, negotiated with the League regarding alterations to the Dressing Rooms as well as leading meetings and hearings with the Football Association, the latest of which was this week after the Millwall Cup replay incident.


"Both Directors have sourced funding for equipment and improvements through the connection with fans group, Friends of Bradford City where they are the link to the Board."


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