League Two: Lawn vows to back Bantams boss to keep him at the club

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Bradford’s joint chairman Mark Lawn will back manager Phil Parkinson and his backroom staff with the finances to challenge for successive promotions and a place in the Championship.

Lawn, aged 52, has moved swiftly to head off speculation about the future of Parkinson, who guided the West Yorkshire club to a League Two play-off final victory over Northampton on Saturday, which sealed their first promotion in 14 years.

Parkinson, aged 45, has verbally agreed a new deal to keep him at Valley Parade, but will sign when assistant Steve Parkin and fitness coach Nick Allanby have completed talks over their new contracts.

The Bantams swept Northampton aside with goals from James Hanson, Rory McArdle and leading scorer Nahki Wells inside the first 28 minutes.

Delays over the management team’s new contracts have fuelled rumours Parkinson could yet be lured away but Lawn said: “Why would he consider that?

“We’re in the black and well placed to keep moving forward. We’re just waiting to make sure all three are happy with their offers.”