David Baldwin is joining Premier League side Burnley.
Bradford City have confirmed that the Director of Operations/Chief Executive, David Baldwin, is to leave the Coral Windows Stadium to join Burnley.
David, who first began working with Bradford City back in 2007, will officially link up with the Premier League side at the beginning of next month to become their Chief Operating Officer.
City will receive an undisclosed five-figure sum from Burnley for his services.
David, a life-long City fan, has made the decision to move to Burnley on family grounds.
He said: “You have to think with your head and manage your heart at the same time. My circumstances at home have changed radically in the last 12 months. When it comes to livelihoods, you have to consider your family.The biggest thing for me is that we’ve got a child on the way and I’ve got to consider the long term and the ability to best provide for them.
“But I am a Bradford City fan and my heart will always be here. There have been progressive improvements during my time here, which have been sustainable. I’d like to think I’ve played my small part in that but it’s certainly not down to me alone. It’s been very much a team effort and there are some very good people at the club who work as real unsung heroes. They will maintain the standards that have been set."
“You don’t stop being a fan of the club and I’ll certainly be back watching games when the opportunity presents. But I’ve got some very special memories locked away in my heart and I’ll forever remember them.”
The football club will now take the time needed to appoint an appropriate successor.
Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes said: “David came in at a particularly difficult time when we’d just got relegated to the bottom division and everyone was on a bit of a low. We’re a different club now.He has been doing a good job and it is credit to him that he’s been noticed by the nearest possible Premier League club. It’s a great move for him. David is a Bradford fan and he’s on the end of a phone if we need anything. I’m sure he will help.We have to work out how we are going to replace him. Mark (Lawn – joint-chairman) is off at the moment and I’ve only been able to speak to him briefly."
“We’ll have a proper conversation when he gets back and decide on the best way forward.”