Bradford City chairman Edin Rahic has issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One visit of Charlton Athletic:
“A great deal has been said over the last few weeks and I want to take this opportunity to address some of the concerns and comments expressed.
“I want to start by saying to you, our loyal supporters and partners, I am truly sorry for some of the decisions I have made - which have resulted in a loss of momentum.
“I understand some of our supporters are hurting at the moment and so am I. I feel responsible and accept I am open and perhaps deserving of some of the criticism which has come my way. Football is emotional and passion is at the heart of many opinions formed, which I wholeheartedly respect. Providing comments made towards me are respectful, I will always listen and take on board any concerns.
“The appointment of the coaching team - and Michael Collins as head coach - did not work out and I am responsible for this. He received our full backing from day one, as did the playing squad and his fellow staff. But the results did not come on the field.
"After seven competitive games in charge - and with so much of the season still to come - we felt we had to make a decision and make a change in the best interests of the club. I have a great deal of respect for Michael and, for me, he is a very good coach. He was the subject of a lot of criticism and I will take the responsibility for this.
“I am aware of an article published in a national newspaper earlier this week and, although a lot of what was written was opinions formed on the back of changes and, of course, results on the field, a significant proportion of it just isn’t accurate.
“We are trying to create a sustainable future for Bradford City. We are developing the club, so it is set up in the best way for the future. Sometimes this can result in people walking away or deciding the time is right to move on. Equally, it can be the case that the club requires change in certain areas and so a decision is taken for one reason or another.
“I attended the Shipley Bantams’ annual general meeting last night and it was great to speak with supporters through the course of the evening. Over the coming months, I am looking forward to meeting with various supporter groups, partners and season-ticket holders. These events will provide opportunities for you to ask the questions you wish to ask about the future of the club going forward.
“I, like you, am disappointed that our season has not got off to the start we hoped. However, I can assure you we are committed to improving our position - on and off the pitch. Together we can achieve great things here and I fully intend to do all I can to right the wrongs of the past few months, with the club’s best interests at heart.
“We are delighted to have David Hopkin on board. Despite the injury problems facing us at the moment, we are confident David can turn our on-field fortunes around and help us climb the table. He is a great leader and will make the right decisions for us within the football department.
“Blackpool ended in disappointment but there were plenty of positives to take and I am sure David and the players have done so, as they prepare for Saturday and Charlton. I look forward to seeing you all this weekend, getting behind David and the team as your support can make all of the difference. Come on City!"