Sky Bet League One side Bradford City have recently confirmed the appointment of Gary Bowyer as the club’s new manager, on a deal until the end of the season.
The Bantams were on the look-out for a new manager after the resignation of David Hopkin before the weekend, with the Yorkshire club fighting for their lives at the bottom of the League One table.
Bowyer has been without a job since his controversial departure from Blackpool at the beginning of the season, but has now been given the huge task of keeping City up in League One this term.
The Bantams, after a 5-1 defeat to Portsmouth at the weekend, currently sit six points adrift of safety in the third tier, with relegation to League Two looking a real possibility for the club who have been fighting for the play-offs in recent years.
It is bound to be a massive challenge for Bowyer, but here, we take a look at two reasons why Gary Bowyer can be a success at Bradford City…
He has excelled in tough conditions before
Bowyer was a resounding success during his time at Bloomfield Road, and guided Blackpool to promotion back up to League One at the first time of asking despite severe problems off the pitch.
It is no secret that the club was a shell under the Oystons, but even with limited resources and ridiculously low attendances, Bowyer still managed to take his side to promotion.
The conditions at Bradford are nowhere near as bad at Bradford as they were at Blackpool, which is bound to give Bowyer hope.
Bradford still have some very good players
Morale and confidence may be shattered in the dressing room, but Bradford still have a lot of very talented players in their ranks.
Jack Payne has emerged as one of the best players in the league having contributed to plenty of goals this term, and in Eoin Doyle, they have a player who is known for scoring goals at this level.
This has got to give Bowyer some confidence as we approach the business end of the season, and it should also get fans excited about what he can do with these players.
He will be eager to prove a point
After such a long time out of management, Bowyer will be eager to prove a point that he is still a very good boss.
At 47 years of age, he still has a lot to offer in the game, and having taken a sabbatical for nearly a year, he will be hungry for success this season, and that means keeping Bradford up in League One.