Wells surprised by Jackson’s resignation
Nahki Wells confirmed he will be part of Bermuda's World Cup qualifying campaign after Bradford City boss Peter Jackson stepped down from his job, putting his availability in doubt.
Jackson saw his side only take a point from their opening four league games and quit as manager of the League Two side late on Thursday night to become the first manager in the top four divisions to relinquish his position this season.
The announcement was a surprise to everyone including Wells who had spoken to the coach the same day he parted ways with the club.
Assistant coach Colin Cooper will now take over at the club after being promotoed to caretaker manager following the lastest incidents that have taken place at the club.
The news, however, doesn't change anything for the youngster who will make the opening games of the qualifiers, and gave sympathy to Jackson and others who are at the helm of clubs with high demands.
“It has been a tough situation, I've never been in this spot before in the big leagues, but like any other business you have to be successful and the gaffer thought he wasn't getttin the results and it was best to step down,” said Wells.
“It is hard for managers in the current world because of the demand for success, and it has a knock on effect because I thought I was in his plans for the future.
“I had just had a chat with him the day he actucally left and got some encouraging words from him, so it's sad to see him leave but we as players have to concentrate on what is in front of us and not let these things affect you.
“This (resignation) won't allow me to miss any of Bermuda's games, I have spoken with him (Colin) and nothing will change from what was previously sorted out.”
Jackson, 50, was appointed as permanent manager of Bradford in May, following a three-month period as interim boss.
However, a run of three defeats in the league, including Saturday's 1-0 loss at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, has led Jackson to tender his resignation.
The side don't have time to think about the behind the scenese stuff at the club with a date with Barnet at home today.
“We have a game today and we should be confident in getting a result.
“Colin will take control of the daily duties while the search for a new manager is underway, and he is one the same page as the old boss so it really shouldn't be any major changes.
“I wouldn't say it won't have any effect on me, but there aren't any issues with me going to the qualifiers so I'm happy.”
Wells will fly to Florida on Monday to join up with his Bermuda team-mates at their Fort Launderdale training camp before they travel to Trinidad for the first game of the qualifiers on Friday.