Stuart McCall has been appointed Bradford City manager for a third time.
The 55-year-old has replaced Gary Bowyer at Valley Parade, less than 24 hours after the latter was dismissed from his position.
McCall returns to City following a Bowyer’s sacking after a run of seven games without a win, with the incoming man set to take charge of the club on Saturday.
Saturday’s match with Grimsby Town will be the 232nd time that McCall has taken charge of the Bantams as he looks to get his third stint as manager off to a winning start.
Other than a brief caretaker spell back in 2000, McCall first held the post from 2007 to 2010, finishing seventh and eighth in League Two in his two full seasons in charge.
After almost four years at Motherwell and brief spell in charge of Rangers, McCall returned for second spell at Valley Parade in 2016, leading the club to the League One play-off final in his first season back.
Following a run of six consecutive defeats from January 2018, McCall was sacked by the club in February, leaving the club 13 points outside League One’s top two.
Since leaving Scunthorpe United last March, McCall has been out of work but now joins the Bantams for a third stint in charge.
So, how do the City faithful feel about McCall returning to the club for a third stint as manager?
We asked the ‘Bradford City Football Club Fan Page‘ on Facebook what they thought of McCall’s return, here is what they had to say.
Janette Markham: “I couldn’t be happier with the news!”
Lesley Smith: “Welcome back Stuart. You should never have been sacked last time, now let’s get down to it.”
Syd Ripley: “I’m not sure, but to be honest, anyone who is Bradford City manager has my full support.”
Alan Parkinson: “Delighted to have him back, welcome home Stuart.”
Steven Williams: “He has my full support, welcome home and good luck!”
Jonathan Cooper: “He should have never been sacked, but I can’t help feel this is a panic appointment to appease the fans.”
Gary Nickerson: “Let’s hope he gets the players firing and back up the league.”
Nick James Kitchen: “Excellent it seems. Was not his fault last time. Nothing is guaranteed but welcome back Stuart.”
Donald McCulley: “I wish they had done this about a month ago.”
Ashley Kay: “Not my first choice, but the man loves the club and he will definitely get this squad playing to their strengths.”
Marc Dempsey: “For the first time in a long time, I’m genuinely excited to watch City and cannot wait for Saturday, Stuart McCall’s Bradford army!”
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