Bradford City AFC has decided to part ways with the manager of the men’s first team, Mark Hughes, along with assistant manager Glyn Hodges.

The duo took charge at the University of Bradford Stadium in February 2022 and have served for a total of 19 months.

City’s chief executive officer, Ryan Sparks, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark and Glyn for their efforts and services to our football club over the past 19 months.

“They made a great impact when they arrived at the club, both on and off the field, and last season came close to delivering on our aims.

“Unfortunately, since our defeat at Carlisle in the play-off semi-final, results have been disappointing, and after 11 league games we find ourselves a long way away from where we expect to be.

“As a result, the decision has been taken to move in a different direction in an effort to get our season on track.

“On a personal level, I have very much enjoyed working alongside Mark and Glyn, and we go our separate ways on good terms.

“I would ask supporters to join me in wishing both them and their families the very best for the future, while reflecting on some of the memorable moments they brought us.”

The process of appointing a new permanent manager is already in progress, and an announcement will be made in due course.

Kevin McDonald will now assume temporary control of the men’s first team in a caretaker player-manager capacity, with assistance from Mark Trueman. This arrangement will begin with this weekend’s match against Swindon Town.