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HAMES ENJOYING LIFE AT WOMEN’S HELM

3 December 2019

New Bradford City Women’s manager, Chris Hames, feels he is settling into his new role well - having taken charge of his first game.

Hames was in the dugout for Sunday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Liverpool Feds after being announced in the hot seat last month.

Despite defeat, the former Sheffield FC boss insists forward steps have already been made and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

He said: "I am really excited to be involved and have joined a really special club. It has been brilliant, so far, meeting the girls and getting to know them.

"I have been given an opportunity to find out about how things have been operating and put that into comparison with how we want to work and change things, going forward.

"It has been a challenge, so far, and will continue to be, but is one I am massively looking forward to.

"Bradford City Women have been a very influential club in the women’s game, in this area of the country.

"If I was going to leave a club like Sheffield FC - where I achieved a lot and enjoyed some great times - and take on another challenge, it was going to have to be at somewhere special where we can build something.

"This move was perfect for me and I am really excited for what the future holds."

As part of his new role, Hames is determined to rebuild the culture of the club and solidify stability and longevity, after a challenging period.

The female Bantams have endured a turbulent past 18 months and the City boss has stressed the importance of steady progress before giant steps are made.

He added: "Everything we have focussed on - since I arrived - has been around stabilising and steadying the ship and hopefully beginning to build a base and getting some ground work in place.

"We have to get the principles and the basics right before we can start doing anything on top of that.

"You never really come into a job in any walk of football where things are all rosy and perfect.

"The idea of taking on a challenge like this is even better and more exciting. The sky is the limit for us and there is so much room to grow and move upwards.

"It has been a very tough 18 months for the club but we hope to be able to slowly start making positive steps to change that."

Hames’ side are back in action this Sunday (December 8), entertaining Norton and Stockton at the Mitton Group Stadium (2.00pm).


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