Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies was most recently the sporting director of Edinburgh City. 

Previously, he was appointed as Bradford manager, ending Stuart McCall's reign as caretaker manager atfer Chris Hutchings' dismissal just twelve games into the season.

Jim was Hearts' most successful managers in recent years, leading the club to Scottish Cup success in 1998 - their first trophy for 36 years - and to third in the league in his last full season in charge (1999/00). Perhaps most importantly for Bradford fans; he has extensive experience - and success - of managing a winning team on a shoestring budget.

Having made his name as a Hearts' player, Jefferies first move into management was with Falkirk. It was at the small first division club that he developed his talent for getting the best out of a relatively inexpensive group of players. Jefferies fostered a team spirit at the club that saw them become Cup specialists and eventually won them a place in the Premier League. His success soon attracted the attentions of his former club, and it was with great delight that he rejoined the Edinburgh club - this time as manager - in the summer of 1995.

Jefferies is a lifelong Hearts fan and former player and it didn't take long before his own enthusiasm for the club rubbed off on the team. He instantly won the respect of the fans and players and turned them into Scotland's best team behind the "Old Firm" - an achievement in itself. All this was done under the pressure of operating with virtually no money, and if Jefferies had been able to keep all of the players he had developed during his time in charge Hearts might have been a stronger force.

Having seen a string of quality players leave Tynecastle during his time in charge, including Paul Ritchie, Neil McCann and David Weir, Jim became increasingly frustrated by working with no budget and announced his resignation from the club in November 2000 - just 24 hours after Chris Hutchings' departure from Bradford. Hearts supporters were outraged, and immediately focused their anger on chairman Chris Robinson, although Jefferies refused to become embroiled in a war of words.

Jefferies was said to be excited at the prospect of working with some of the talented players in the Bradford squad and with his record of bringing out the best in his teams, the Scotsman seems an ideal choice for the Bantams although it may be too late to save them from a return to the First Division.

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