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Jess poised to sign new deal
Adam Bell  Monday, June 04, 2001  07:59 GMT

Eoin Jess has indicated that he is poised to accept City's improved contract offer after rejecting the first deal made to him by the club. The Scottish midfielder is currently away on holiday, but has been in contact with the club and his agent over the weekend, and now seems set to agree to remain with City on a permanent basis. Jess impressed on his three-month loan spell at Valley Parade prompting The Bantams to begin talks to sign him, but City were initially unable to offer him adequate personal terms. However, Geoffrey Richmond earlier this week revealed that the club's wage budget for next season would be increased from £5million to £7.5million, suggesting that an improved deal could be offered to Jess together with City's other out-of-contract stars, Stuart McCall and Robert Molenaar. That seems to be the case and Jess is now on the verge of signing a three-year deal with the club. He confirmed: "My agent is talking to the club at the moment and we should be able to finalise something in the not too distant future. "I want to stay at Bradford - it's just a case of sorting out the fine details."
Atherton to get City back up
Adam Bell  Monday, June 04, 2001  07:59 GMT

Peter Atherton has insisted he is committed to helping The Bantams win promotion next term after his proposed move to Birmingham fell through. The versatile defender looked set for a summer switch to St Andrews after a three month loan stint in the Midlands. But when The Blues failed to win promotion to the top flight themselves, Atherton returned to Valley Parade. He is now back on Bradford's books but has confirmed his intentions to give his all to City's cause next term. The former Sheffield Wednesday man said: "I've two years of my contract to run and as far as I'm concerned I am a Bradford City player and will remain so until I hear otherwise." Atherton also seems confident of a promotion push from a 'new-look' City side next season. He said: "I didn't see many games towards the end of the season but from what I understand they did quite well so we must have a chance of bouncing straight back again next season."
Richmond here to stay
Adam Bell  Monday, June 04, 2001  07:58 GMT

Geoffrey Richmond says he is only halfway through his chairmanship at Valley Parade and he is desperate to establish the club in the Premiership. The City chairman has had more than his fair share of problems both on and off the field in the last 12 months, but he has now put his health problems behind him and is keen to take the club forward. He said: "My ambition over the next six or seven years - I consider myself to be at the halfway point of my chairmanship - is to get back into the Premier League, establish ourselves and take the capacity to 35,000. "On the day I walk away, I want to be able to say that the club is in better shape - in every respect - than when I first came here." Richmond has also revealed that he will not be proposing any more redevelopment at Valley Parade until City get things right on the field. He told the Yorkshire Post: "There will be a complete halt on further ground improvement until we are back in the Premiership and established there."
McCall future latest
Adam Bell  Monday, June 04, 2001  07:57 GMT

Jim Jefferies is set to have more talks with Stuart McCall's advisors next week in a bid to keep him at Valley Parade for another season. City have disputed McCall's claim that the fresh offer put to him amounted to a 60 per cent cut on his current deal, but they are still hopeful that a compromise can be reached. Other clubs are no doubt keeping tabs on his position, but despite the reports linking Burnley with a move for him, there has been no contact from the Turf Moor club yet. A testimonial or benefit match is likely to be included as part of the new deal, and it is likely that City will play his former club Rangers in that game.
Alex Rae race on
Adam Bell  Friday, June 01, 2001  09:38 GMT

City are rivalling Wolves for the capture of Sunderland's Alex Rae, but Peter Reid is set to resist all approaches for his combative midfielder.
Nolan deal not sorted
Adam Bell  Friday, June 01, 2001  09:06 GMT

Jim Jefferies says that Ian Nolan has been released by City but the club will sit down and thrash out a deal with him if he can not find a club.
JJ waits for duo to sign deals
Adam Bell  Friday, June 01, 2001  09:04 GMT

Jim Jefferies is waiting for Robert Molenaar and Eoin Jess to decide on whether or not to accept revised terms that have been offered to them. Both players are free agents, and Jess rejected the initial offer made to him, while Molenaar had expressed some concern about the quality of squad Jefferies would have next season before deciding whether to accept what has been offered to him. Jefferies has been on the phone to both of them though, and made renewed offers to tie them down to permanent deals at Valley Parade, and is now awaiting their response. Jess is currently on holiday in Cyprus while Molenaar is back in his native Holland.
Beni, Blake and Ward expected to start next season
Adam Bell  Friday, June 01, 2001  09:01 GMT

Jim Jefferies will give Ashley Ward, Beni Carbone and Robbie Blake a chance next season and he will only sign a new striker if he needs to. The City boss believes the trio can get the goals that City need to mount a serious promotion challenge, and he said: "Ashley Ward has a terrific record of scoring goals in the First Division while Beni will be a terrific asset next season. "Blake also got 17 goals in the First Division for Bradford so let's give them a chance. If it becomes a problem then I'll sort it out." City will also be hoping that Gareth Grant can make the breakthrough into becoming a regular in the side next season after spending much of the last two years on the fringes of the first team.
Glass rejects Newcastle deal
Adam Bell  Friday, June 01, 2001  08:10 GMT

Scotland winger Stephen Glass has snubbed Newcastle's offer of a new one-year contract and is now definitely on his way out of St James' Park.The former Aberdeen starlet has set his heart on staying in English football but was disappointed by the terms and length of the deal on the table at St James' Park. He is now free to leave the club for nothing as a free agent and a drop into the First Division with either Coventry or Bradford looks likely. Blackburn have also been linked with the 25-year-old Glass but it is doubtful that Ewood Park boss Graeme Souness believes he would represent an improvement on what he already has at the club.
Two keepers set to leave
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 31, 2001  10:01 GMT

Jim Jefferies has revealed that Aidan Davison and Matt Clarke will be leaving this summer and that he wants to sign an experienced keeper.
Richmond helps out Jeffries
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 30, 2001  14:28 GMT

Bradford City chairman Geoffrey Richmond has handed boss Jim Jefferies a massive boost by telling him he can hold onto the club's top stars - including Benito Carbone.
Clarke left in cold
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 30, 2001  14:27 GMT

Bolton hero Matt Clarke admits he has no idea where his future lies after returning to Bradford City following his three-month loan spell at the Reebok Stadium.
OZ to return in Summer
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 30, 2001  14:26 GMT

Australian star Dino Mennillo is not yet a Bradford City player but will link up with the squad again for pre-season training.
Details of Club Forum
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 30, 2001  07:53 GMT

Details of last nights club forum are taken from the Official Bradford City FC Website
Latapy close to City move
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 29, 2001  10:53 GMT

Molenaar urging City to keep stars
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 29, 2001  10:21 GMT

Defender Molenaar, whose own future with City is under threat, set the tone for a lively meeting by revealing his personal fears about next season.
£200k cash boost for City
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 29, 2001  09:23 GMT

City have received £200,000 following Bolton's promotion to the Premiership as part of the deal which took Matt Clarke to The Reebok Stadium.
Clarke back in the Premiership?
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 29, 2001  09:23 GMT

Keeper Matt Clarke, on loan at Bolton, enjoyed success in the Division One play-off finals as the Trotters beat Preston 3-0 in Cardiff.
Andy O'Brien tipped to be star
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 29, 2001  09:22 GMT

John Beresford has hailed former Bantams defender Andy O'Brien as a great prospect who has a bright international future.
Carbone fancies L**ds move?
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 24, 2001  12:51 GMT

Bradford's controversial Italian striker Benito Carbone has shocked Bantams fans by claiming he would love a move to arch-rivals Leeds United.
McCall could leave Bradford City
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 24, 2001  12:50 GMT

Stuart McCall may be forced out of Valley Parade after confirming City have slashed his wages by almost 60 per cent in offering him a new deal.
Nolan upset with Jeffries
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 24, 2001  12:49 GMT

Ian Nolan has accused Jim Jefferies of going back on his way word after being placed on the transfer-list at Valley Parade.
City to waive £500k for Sharpe
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 24, 2001  12:48 GMT

City have indicated they are prepared to waive the £500,000 fee being asked for Lee Sharpe in a bid to push his Portsmouth switch through.
Birmingham still want Atherton
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 24, 2001  12:47 GMT

Birmingham boss Trevor Francis has confirmed that he plans talks with his board over a deal to take City's Peter Atherton to St Andrews.
Jeffries to cut down squad
Adam Bell  Monday, May 21, 2001  13:44 GMT

Jim Jefferies accepts he will have to offload some of his City squad before he can build a team capable of making a Premiership return.
Rotherham poised to sign Nolan
Adam Bell  Monday, May 21, 2001  13:44 GMT

Ronnie Moore is understood to be ready to step up his hunt for City defender Ian Nolan.
McCall thanks fans
Adam Bell  Monday, May 21, 2001  13:43 GMT

McCall's thanks to fans
Bradford sign off with a draw
Adam Bell  Monday, May 21, 2001  13:42 GMT

City not Grant-ed winning finale
Richmond denies signing Wizard of Oz
Adam Bell  Friday, May 18, 2001  09:53 GMT

BRADFORD City chairman Geoffrey Richmond has rubbished claims by Australian Dino Mennillo that he has been offered a one-year contract at the relegated Yorkshire club.
Coventry preview
Adam Bell  Friday, May 18, 2001  09:51 GMT

FA Carling PremiershipCoventry City vs Bradford CitySaturday 19 May 2001Kick Off: 3.00pmAt Highfield Road Stadium
Good news and bads news for Walsh
Adam Bell  Friday, May 18, 2001  09:26 GMT

Gary Walsh will miss City's clash with Coventry but has insisted his knee problem is not connected with the injury that kept him out for a year.
Beni wants to stay
Adam Bell  Friday, May 18, 2001  09:24 GMT

Benito Carbone has broken his silence towards the media, and says he expects to be back at Valley Parade next season.
City to play Scummersfield after all!
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 17, 2001  07:26 GMT

Bradford City will play Huddersfield Town at the McAlpine Stadium on the 7 August, kicking off at 7:45. It will be the last friendly before kicking off the new season for both teams.
Reserves lose to Leeds AGAIN
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 17, 2001  07:24 GMT

Tony Hackworth scored both goals for Leeds nited as City went down to their West Yorkshire rivals for the second time in a week, losing 2-0 in the FA Premier Reserve League North at the Bradford & Bingley Stadium.
Jess in talks about staying
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 16, 2001  14:09 GMT

Jim Jefferies has opened talks to keep Eoin Jess at Bradford City.
Duo escape FA punishment thanks to Richmond
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 16, 2001  13:27 GMT

Argentine on trial
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 16, 2001  13:19 GMT

Argentinean defender on trial
Reserves last game tonight
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 16, 2001  12:01 GMT

The Reserves bring down the curtain to their season at the Bradford & Bingley Stadium tonight with the visit of Leeds United in the FA Premier Reserve League North (7.00pm).
City to sign wizard of OZ
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  09:36 GMT

Aussie winger set to sign
Valley Parade to host Australian Rugby league
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  09:35 GMT

Bulls to face Aussies
Richmond ashamed
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  08:56 GMT

Richmond slams fighting duo
Latapy sacked by Hibs
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  08:55 GMT

Latapy sacked by Hibs
City to discuss transfers
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  08:54 GMT

Jim Jefferies and Geoffrey Richmond will meet in the next 24 hours to assess the current squad and to work out who will be moving on this summer.  Much of Jefferies' planning depends on whether Benito Carbone leaves or not, but it is unlikely he will go anywhere unless another club offers him a similar deal to that which he has with City, even though it means playing at a lower level. Lee Sharpe should complete his £500,000 move to Portsmouth this week, whilst Dean Saunders and Billy McKinlay are expected to leave as they are out of contract, and Gunnar Halle and Ian Nolan may be on their way too, even though they still have time left on their contracts. Nothing final will be decided just yet though; part of Jefferies' planning will depend on whether Matt Clarke and Peter Atherton make their loan moves to Bolton and Birmingham respectively permanent, although Atherton's three month loan deal expires prior to the play-off final, and it cannot be extended. Trevor Francis is considering making the move permanent should Birmingham reach the final, whilst Clarke would be able to play for Bolton should they reach the final. Jefferies is looking to sign three or four players during the summer, with further additions expected to follow before Christmas.
Walsh could miss Coventry clash
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 15, 2001  08:52 GMT

 Walsh fitness worry 
Myers & McCall bust up
Adam Bell  Monday, May 14, 2001  07:57 GMT

Bradford: No action against duo
Smashed for six
Adam Bell  Monday, May 14, 2001  07:56 GMT

Leeds hit City for 6
O'Brien to be called up for Ireland
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  13:52 GMT

O'Brien Irish call up surprise
Leeds preview
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  13:31 GMT

Bower not going anywhere...for NOW
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  13:29 GMT

Boss snubs York's Bower bid
Sharpe fee agreed
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  13:28 GMT

Sharpe fee agreed
More money being made available for Jeffries
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  08:46 GMT

From Yorkshire Sports
Irish Centre win Huddersfield U17's Final
Adam Bell  Friday, May 11, 2001  07:40 GMT

My team, the Huddersfield Irish centre won the Huddersfield U17's Cup Final last night with a hard earned 1-0 over 1st Division Champions Osset Town. After losing in the Inter-sectional league 1-0 last Sunday they IC bhoyz were up for this and performed as if there lives were on the line. Substitute Alex Kalinowski scored on the hour mark to win the tie. We now travel to Emley to make the League an almost certainty.
Richmond back at work
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 10, 2001  13:28 GMT

Chairman Geoffrey Richmond has been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery, but the club say his medical problem has been resolved.Richmond complained of feeling unwell on the way to an FA Premier League meeting last Monday and had to get off the train taking him to London before returning North. After a consultation at St James' Hospital in Leeds, he was transferred to the Leeds General Infirmary on Wednesday where he underwent surgery. The club have revealed that Richmond has had successful surgery, and he is expected to resume his normal duties at Valley Parade after a week of rest and recuperation. Richmond complained of feeling unwell during City's Worthington Cup game at Newcastle back in November, and after being rushed to hospital it was revealed that he had suffered a heart murmur. The club have not revealed the nature of the surgery that he has undergone, but the good news is that he is on the road to making a full recovery.
Wetherall sick and tired of gossip
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 10, 2001  13:03 GMT

Fire memorial on Friday 11 May
Adam Bell  Thursday, May 10, 2001  07:21 GMT

The Annual Service at the Bradford Fire Memorial in Centenary Square, Bradford will take place on Friday 11 May at 11.00am.
Beni scoops awards
Adam Bell  Wednesday, May 09, 2001  08:31 GMT

Benito Carbone scooped the Telegraph & Argus/JCT600 Bradford City player of the year award and then declared: "I could still be here next season".
Huddersfield Town are Down
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  08:15 GMT

Town dramatically relegated
Molenaar unlikely to play against Leeds
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  08:12 GMT

Molenaar's Leeds return in doubt
Blackburn friendly arranged
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  08:11 GMT

Blackburn friendly arranged
Molenaar to Stay ith City
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  08:09 GMT

Draw on final home game for City
Adam Bell  Tuesday, May 08, 2001  08:07 GMT

Bantams denied by Karembeu
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