Former Huddersfield Town boss and player has been snubbed by Bradford City amid controversy over the manner of his departure as their manager.

The Bantams have shelved plans for the former Town player and boss to sign copies of his new book, Living With Jacko, before their League I game against Wolves at Valley Parade on Saturday, October 26.

City’s joint-chairman Mark Lawn is said to be annoyed by claims in the book that his relationship with Jackson soured after the arrival of a new head of player development, Archie Christie, in the 2011 close-season.

Jackson, who skippered Bradford and played more than 300 games for them in two spells, had become caretaker manager the previous February and been handed a one-year contract at the end of that season.

But he offered his resignation just four matches into the 2011-12 campaign, and it was accepted by the then League II club, who last season won promotion and reached the Capital One Cup final.

Jackson, who played for Town between 1990-94 and then had two spells as manager, claimed Lawn insisted on arranging a practice match in order to give a trial to a South African player who had been recommended to him.

 

“I felt undermined,” he said of the general situation at the time. “My standing as manager would have been terminally weakened if I’d rolled over and let other people run the football club.”

Lawn, joint-chairman with Julian Rhodes, said: “His recollection of certain events aren’t what the board remember. We don’t agree with certain parts.

“But we don’t want a slanging match. He was a great servant for the club and we appreciate what he has done for us in both his playing and managerial career and wish him well in the future.”