David Hopkin is well known around Livingston. The former Livi boss managed the club between 2015 and 2018, guiding the West Lothian outfit from League One to the Scottish Premiership.

At the end of last season though, after guiding the Lions through the Scottish Premiership play-offs, he stepped down as Livingston boss. It was a shock decision from Hopkin, who seemed to have no potential clubs to go to at the time.

Hopkin guided Livi back to the Premiership. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

In September 2018 he found a club, Bradford City in League One. The Bantams have been in turmoil recently, with various different managers and board changes disrupting the past few seasons. It’s got even worse this term, with Hopkin put in charge of keeping City in England’s third tier.

Just six months after his appointment though, Hopkin has walked away from the club he used to play for. A 1-0 defeat to Walsall seemed to be the final straw for him. He obviously feels that he can’t take this Bradford side any further.

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The former Livi manager deserves credit for even keeping the Bantams where they are. He came in off the back of a terrible pre-season, a host of injuries and a poor start to the season. It was never going to be an easy task for Hopkin, with the writing seemingly on the wall from early in the campaign.

It was only two years ago the Bantams lost a Championship play-off final. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Hopkin had done so well for Livingston, so what went wrong for the former Livi boss in Bradford?

Hopkin had too much to deal with

With games against promotion chasing Luton Town and Portsmouth coming up, City could find themselves cut off in the bottom four. Losing to a ten man Walsall side on Saturday was a psychological blow, and despite being mathematically able to stay up, Hopkin and his men looked down already.

Hopkin did well to keep them in the running for survival. It was all too much for him in the end. It’s interesting that he thinks this, given the parallels between his time at Bradford and Livingston.

Hopkin had a difficult task. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Hopkin couldn’t save Livi from relegation in his first season. He went down to League One with them though, rebuilt, and came back swinging. If Bradford were to go down, Hopkin could have had the chance to do that again. Given it took him a while to get going in West Lothian and he persevered with it, surely this shows there are bigger problems afoot for the Bantams.

Livi fans will no doubt be disappointed for Hopkin. He did so much for the club and most fans will have wanted him to succeed in Bradford. Perhaps he didn’t have enough time, but whatever the reason, the former Livingston manager can’t be blamed for Bradford’s current situation.

Whoever gets the Bradford City job has a mountain of work to complete if the Bantams have any chance of surviving. Hopkin is a good manager, and will land himself a decent job elsewhere. The Bantams manager position is a poisoned chalice that people will approach with caution.

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