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Bradford City’s player of the year Matthew Kilgallon has urged the club’s chairman Edin Rahic to make the right call over the appointment of a new manager.

The veteran defender pressed the need to appoint a replacement sooner rather than later saying – as quoted by the Telegraph and Argus.

“The quicker the better would be great but it’s got to be the right one this time.

“It’s a big appointment because we need to hit the ground running next season. We need a massive start.”

The Bantams have been without a manager since Simon Grayson left last week. Grayson decision to leave was a surprise to many in the club including Kilgallon:

“I was surprised that he left but we don’t know what’s gone on. It’s a tricky one to comment on.

“I found out from the club. He spoke to everyone in the press and thanked everyone.”

Grayson’s departure was due in part to his feeling that the expectations of the club exceeded the playing budget. The Yorkshireman had only been in the job for three months after succeeding Stuart McCall.

His record finished at three wins, five draws, and six losses as Bradford finished the season in 11th and eight points off the play-offs. Some of the names being touted as replacements include ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton, Steve Cotterill, Ian Cathro, Grant McCann and Gary Megson.

The Verdict

It is clear that, despite a poor finish to the season where Bradford failed to win any of their last seven fixtures, Grayson’s decision to leave came as a surprise. Kilgallon’s caution is the right approach though. The new manager should have the summer to sort out the side for a new season and the right one could make all the difference.

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