Stuart McCall has taken charge of his first Bradford City training session since re-joining the club for the third time.
The Bantams parted company with Gary Bowyer on Monday afternoon following a string of poor results that have seen Bradford slip away from the automatic promotion picture.
The final straw for the club to sack Bowyer was the weekend’s disappointing 3-0 defeat away to Oldham Athletic, who sit in the bottom half of League Two at present.
A winless run of seven games has seen Bradford drop out of the play-off places and into eighth in the table, only a point behind Cheltenham but having played two games extra.
Stuart McCall was confirmed as the club’s new manager, for his third stint at the Utilita Energy Stadium, having had two other permanent spells and a brief spell on an interim basis. McCall was in charge of the Bantams last season and left late into the campaign in April, with Bradford’s fate of relegation to the fourth tier all but sealed by then.
McCall was straight out onto the training ground for Bradford and the club’s official twitter account posted a fond message about their new, yet familiar, boss:
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) February 4, 2020
The Bantams are now undergoing preparations for the home clash against Grimsby on Saturday afternoon.
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Bradford probably made the right decision to part ways with Gary Bowyer, but the timing seems a bit off just after the transfer window shuts.
McCall is a solid appointment for the Bantams to restore a bit of positivity amongst the fans and players, with someone that hasn’t even been away for that long.
It’s clear that he’s a popular figure amongst the fans and that’s reciprocated from him, so it bodes well for Bradford to restore a bit of pride in their performances, to then yield results.
A home clash against Grimsby is the ideal welcoming for McCall to get the confidence and belief back in the club that they can push for promotion this season.