Blades in bid to lure Parky

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson

Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson

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Bradford have turned down an approach from Sheffield United to speak to manager Phil Parkinson.

The Blades are in the hunt for a new manager after sacking Nigel Clough and his entire backroom team on Monday.

But Bradford are desperate to keep hold of Chorley-born Parkinson, 47, who has a year left to run on his current contract at Valley Parade.

Bradford’s joint-chairman Mark Lawn said: “It’s true we’ve been contacted by Sheffield United.

“They want to speak to Phil, but we’ve turned their request down. We’ve made it perfectly clear that we want Phil to stay.”

When asked if Bradford’s board will open talks with Parkinson over a new deal, Lawn added: “That’s up to Phil. We’d be happy to do that. He has another year left on his contract and he knows we always look to negotiate new contracts at the end of their terms.”

Lawn refused to comment on whether Parkinson had a get-out clause in his deal that the Blades had failed to activate.

“I’m not willing to discuss the finer points of Phil’s deal,” he added.

Parkinson penned a three-year deal at the end of the 2012/13 season after leading Bradford to the League Cup final and to promotion from League Two. He guided the club to a seventh-placed finish in League One this season.