Key Personnel profiles
Profiles of key personnel at the football club, including management staff, to appear here
Joint-chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Michael, who featured for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United and Oxford United as a player, took over the role of Head Coach at the Club in June 2018. Collins previously held the position of Under-18s lead coach during the 2017/2018 campaign. The former midfielder also represented Leyton Orient and FC Halifax Town during the latter stages of his playing career, but hung up his boots over the summer to focus solely on coaching. A keen student of the game, Collins was already coaching and showing a willingness to learn the other side of the sport during his final seasons as a player.
Assistant Head Coach
Michael's right-hand man Martin Drury has actually been in a coaching role at Bradford City for the past two-and-a-half years. After working alongside Collins during the 2017/2018 campaign with City's Youth Team, Drury was handed the Assistant Head Coach role in June 2018. Up until the age of 28, Drury was involved in playing both professionally and semi-professionally. He was a youngster at Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday as a professional. Sadly during his time as a player, Drury had a few operations and that forced to him to retire early. Drury was the LDP (Lead Development Phase) coach on a part-time basis for the Bantams throughout the 2016/2017 season.
Head of Recruitment/Chief Scout
Abbott, of course, needs no introduction to many City fans having played nearly 300 games for the club between 1982 and 1991. The former Bantams player has two decades of coaching experience under his belt. After ten years working in the youth set-up at Leeds United, Abbott enjoyed a lengthy period as Carlisle United's manager and assistant manager. Abbott has also worked with Milton Keynes Dons and as assistant manager at Notts County before a spell as Cambridge United as their Head of Recruitment. Abbott moved to the Northern Commercials Stadium in July 2016 to operate in a similar role. On top of his work with the Club's player recruitment, Abbott now also assists Head Coach Michael Collins and Assistant Head Coach Martin Drury on the coaching side as well.
Fitness and Conditioning Coach Robert Lossau has rejoined the Bantams ahead of the new season. Lossau previously worked with the club in 2016, and proved to be a popular member of the backroom staff. The highly experienced coach has previously held a similar position at Bundesliga club Vfl Wolfsburg and has also worked with the German national team in recent years.
Banks moved to the Northern Commercials Stadium in July 2016 after previously working as Blackpool's goalkeeper coach. Before his move to Bloomfield Road, the former custodian also enjoyed a highly successful two-year spell as player/coach in the Scottish Premier League with St Johnstone. While north of the border, Banks acted as a goalkeeping coach for a period at Hearts as well. The London-born shot-stopper continued to be registered as a player for St Johnstone until his departure for Blackpool in 2015. After starting his career at West Ham United, Banks played for a total of eleven different clubs, including a nine-game loan period with the Bantams in 2002. During his time at Valley Parade, Banks made himself a popular figure among the City supporters by saving two penalties in two games against Norwich City and Reading respectively. Banks' penalty save from Norwich's Iwan Roberts was particularly important to the Bantams as the injury-time stop helped secure a 2-1 home victory.
Royston (BSc Hons, MCSP, HPC) was confirmed as City's new Head Physio in July 2016. Chris began his new role at the club ahead of the 2016/2017 campaign after previously working within City's physio department since 2011. During this five-year period, Chris was involved with the Bantams' senior, reserve and youth teams.