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Recently sacked Sunderland assistant looks set to line up AGAINST us as a manager next season

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Sacked Sunderland coach Robbie Stockdale looks set to take over as manager at League One rivals Bradford City.

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In a bizarre turn of events, Robbie Stockdale - according to Rob Dorsett of Skysports News - is set to take over as manager of fellow League One side Bradford City.

Redcar native Stockdale, who was brought to the club as a youth coach from Grimsby Town when Martin O’Neill was manager, had a six-year stint as part of the backroom team on Wearside until he was eventually relieved of his duties on Monday.

Jack Ross looks set to build his own coaching and recruitment structure, and as such many of the staff remaining from the old era have been allowed to leave the club.

Bradford have been without a permanent manager since Simon Grayson - who Stockdale was assistant to last season at Sunderland - left the Yorkshire club at the end of the last campaign, and they’re understood to have interviewed a large number of candidates for the role as they aim to finally achieve promotion from the third tier this coming season.

Stockdale was well-liked during his time at the club, and actually managed us on the final day of the season as we defeated Champions Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

It’ll be interesting seeing how things transpire, and how the former Middlesbrough defender fares when going up against us home and away in the third tier next season.