For the love of the club – the resignation of Peter Jackson

by Adam Lord

Football club owners are often accused of being rash and short sighted.

They don’t give managers a chance and find it far too easy to pull the trigger and end yet another short managerial reign.

But can this apply to the manager himself?

On Thursday, Bradford City manager Peter Jackson took the perhaps admirable, perhaps daft, decision to hand in his resignation just four games into the League 2 season.

The Bantams, arguably the biggest club in the football league’s bottom tier had lost three of their opening four league games, the final straw for Jackson seemingly being the 1-0 defeat at home to Dagenham and Redbridge in front of a crowd of a little over 9,500.

A statement on Bradford’s official website read: “He (Jackson) felt that to resign now would give the club that best possible chance for the rest of the season.”

The decision may seem rash but it seems the former Huddersfield and Lincoln boss believed his presence in the hot seat would be a hindrance to the West Yorkshire club.

Perhaps such considered thinking comes from the affection Jackson clearly has for the club, having played more than 300 games for them in two spells during his playing days.

The 50-year-old took over from Peter Taylor on an interim basis in February, taking the job on a permanent basis in May as he guided his beloved Bantams to football league safety.

As not only a former player but a Bradford boy it was Jackson’s dream job, which perhaps makes his admirable decision a surprising one.

Despite the surprise two things are clear.

There was no talk of the too often used mutual consent. This was clearly the decision of one man, Peter Jackson, and with his attachment to the club, it is not a decision he will have taken lightly.

Jackson is a proven lower league manager, so will no doubt move on from this. Whether he lives to regret only giving himself four games of the 2011/2012 season remains to be seen.

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