Bradford captain Gary Jones wants Phil Parkinson to stay at Valley Parade
Bradford captain Gary Jones hopes the Capital One Cup finalists do all they can to keep boss Phil Parkinson at the club.
Last Updated: 24/01/13 1:28pm
Parkinson's stock has risen dramatically after he masterminded the Bantams' stunning progress to Wembley, culminating in their semi-final success over Aston Villa.
The League Two side have also seen off Arsenal and Wigan of the Premier League as they continually defied the odds and expectations to set up a meeting with Swansea on February 24.
Parkinson, who is out of contract in the summer and is currently holding talks over a new deal with Bradford, was recently linked with the managerial vacancy at Blackpool.
Jones admitted their manager did not allow the speculation over his future to impact on their cup charge, but accepts their success will increase the interest in his services.
He told the Daily Star: "The gaffer has been amazing. He took over last year when they weren't doing too well but he has been given time to mould his own team.
"He wants us to play, he goes about his business, calm and casual, he is not a ranter and raver. It shows on the pitch, how he wants us to play.
"You can see we are all in it together, we have good discipline, a good shape about us and, most of all, he has players who want to play for him.
"When he was linked with the Blackpool job he just kept it all quiet and got on with things. I think that is the character of the man.
"You always worry about losing the manager because he has done an incredible job. Should the chairman bend over backwards to keep him happy? You would think so."