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Stefan Rupp: We Will Back Hopkin In January

Stefan Rupp

“I look forward to attending some games next month and hope you will be there, getting behind David and the team as we take on the difficult challenges ahead of us."

Stefan Rupp has spoken of his support for head coach David Hopkin, insisting the City boss has the full backing of the club.

Hopkin has managed just one win and one draw in League One since taking charge at Valley Parade at the start of September.

He takes his team to Gillingham on Saturday.

The Bantams’ joint owner has today issued a statement:

Rupp said: “David is the man to take us forward - in the long-term - and get the team moving in the right direction, away from the foot of the table.

“He faces a huge challenge, there is no doubt about that, but we all stand right behind him. David is currently scouring the market to strengthen the squad as injuries continue to trouble us.

“There have been more than a dozen players unavailable for several weeks and this will again be the case when the team faces Gillingham, tomorrow.

“If our position does not improve then David will be backed in January and there will be money to spend. He will get complete support in terms of the players he wishes to bring to the club.

“Likewise, David has of course the power to make changes to his backroom team. But, again, decisions rest with him and he will be fully backed.

“Staying in League One is of paramount importance and we will do everything in our power to ensure this season ends on a positive note.

“We have made a very disappointing start to the season and we are hurting, as is everyone, our loyal supporters and partners.

“I look forward to attending some games next month and hope you will be there, getting behind David and the team as we take on the difficult challenges ahead of us.

“We now need to stick together as your support can really help us turn things around.”

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