Bradford City have wasted no time in appointing Gary Bowyer’s successor, following the sacking of the former Blackpool boss.
Club legend Stuart McCall returned to Valley Parade this morning to begin his third stint as Bantams boss, having left the club almost exactly two years ago.
The announcement was made on Tuesday morning with McCall due to take charge of Saturday’s home game with Grimsby Town.
Despite starting the season as one of the favourites for promotion, City sit one point outside the League Two play-off places, following a run of just one win in their last eight games.
Here we take a look at three knock-on effects City’s latest managerial change could potentially have…
The slump could stop
Following City’s win against Morecambe at the start of January, they were just one point off the automatic promotion places in League Two.
Fast forward seven games, the Bantams are without a win and have slipped outside of the play-off places, seven points behind the top three.
City fans had grown frustrated over the recent weeks, over their side’s apparent inability to finish games off and to turn draws into wins.
McCall’s stature at the club will no doubt lift the team and the supporters optimism for the remainder of the season, and should this transpire onto the pitch it could have an effect on the club’s results.
Valley Parade will be rocking on Saturday
City’s last home game saw an attendance of just 12,731 watch the 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town, and whilst City do get big gates for League Two, the stadium was still half empty.
McCall’s return should hopefully see more fans through the turnstiles on Saturday when the club host Grimsby, and whatever the crowd size may end up, the City faithful will make it a party atmosphere for the 55-year-old.
Grimsby have only won three times on the road this season in League Two, but the City faithful will still have to play their part as they 12th man on Saturday.
Third time lucky for McCall and the Bantams?
Although having respectable win percentages in both of his previous tenures as City boss, McCall is yet to record a promotion with the club so far.
He came agonisingly close in 2017, where his Bradford side lost the League One play-off final to Millwall due to a goal just five minutes from time.
With the feel good factor likely to be back at Valley Parade, City have a perfect opportunity to push themselves back up the table and for McCall to deliver a promotion at the third time of asking.
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