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3 April 2024

Club News


3 April 2024

Bradford City AFC is delighted to announce the appointment of David Sharpe, as the club’s head of football operations.

The former Wigan Athletic chairman and Mansfield Town chief arrives at the University of Bradford Stadium in a newly-created role, after leaving the One Call Stadium in July last year.

The 32-year-old was appointed the Stags’ director of football in May 2020, before being named chief executive five months later, a role he held for close to three years.

Having began his career as a director at the DW Stadium in December 2014, Sharpe was named chairman of the Latics following Dave Whelan’s resignation in March 2015.

He will now work alongside City’s men’s first-team manager Graham Alexander, head of recruitment Stephen Gent and head of academy Mark Litherland in a move to expand and enhance the club’s football operation.

On joining the Bantams, Sharpe said: “I am very happy to be here. I have been speaking with Ryan [Sparks] and it was something that really appealed to me.

“I have always loved coming here and it is a place I have always looked at fondly from afar while at Mansfield. I have a bug for football, and it would have been hard to say no to this opportunity when it came about.

“I know the level quite well now, which will stand me in good stead, but every football club is different. I have held initial conversations with Graham Alexander and Stephen Gent, and our thoughts are very similar. It is clear to me we have some really good people here.

“I told Ryan what I think we can achieve and also where we need to be better, on and off the pitch, in having a long-term plan and project that we have to put in place.

“I would like to thank Ryan and Stefan Rupp for their support and for giving me the opportunity to come and hopefully be a part of something special at Bradford City. I cannot wait to get going, and the hard work starts now.”

The club’s chief executive officer, Ryan Sparks, added: “I am pleased to welcome David to our club, in what is a new role for us. This is a position I have been looking to add to our football department for some time and, following my conversation with Stefan last week, I now have the resources to be able to do so.

“I am always keen to bring the best talent to our organisation, and David represents another great addition to Bradford City. He will be working alongside our manager and head of recruitment, Graham and Stephen, as well as our head of academy, Mark Litherland. We are all really looking forward to what will be an important yet exciting summer period.

“I have known David for some time. Over the years, we have had several conversations - particularly when he was running one of our rivals, Mansfield Town - and we are very much aligned in our thinking.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish him well, and hope you will join me in giving him a warm welcome to the club.”

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