Fans baffled by ex-Premier League boss taking charge in League Two play-offs

Mark Hughes' appearance in the League Two play-offs has left football fans baffled – as they didn't realise the ex-Manchester United legend was manager of Bradford City.

Hughes, 59, was installed in the Valley Parade hot seat back in February 2022, his first job outside the Premier League since dramatically keeping Southampton afloat in the 2017/18 season. Stepping back into management to end a four-year hiatus, the former Wales international guided the Bantams to a mid-table finish last term before securing a play-off berth in his first full season.

And as the fourth-tier end-of-season lottery began at the weekend, supporters couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at the Bradford dugout.

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"Mark Hughes is the Bradford manager?" commented one perplexed fan. "Why the hell is Mark Hughes managing a league two team?" asked a second.

"Mark Hughes is Bradford manager? Forgot that man even existed," quipped a third. "Wait, Mark Hughes is Bradford manager," quizzed a puzzled fourth.

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While a fifth is hoping the Bantams are celebrating at the end of the 2022/23 season, stating: "Still incredible to me that Mark Hughes is managing in league two. Brilliant manager, would love Bradford to come up."

Bradford are just one game away from Wembley after defeating Carlisle United 1-0 in the first leg of their play-off semi-final, with Jamie Walker's 18th-minute strike the difference between the sides at the midway point of the tie.

The Bantams take their slender lead to Brunton Park on Saturday (May 20th) knowing another clean sheet will seal a date under the Wembley arch against either Stockport County or Salford City. The Greater Manchester clubs competing against each other in the other League Two semi-final.

Matt Smith's header was enough to hand Salford a one-goal advantage heading into the return fixture at Edgeley Park (also May 20th).


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