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Bradford City have reappointed Stuart McCall as their manager for a third spell in charge of the League Two club, it has been confirmed on the official club website, with the former Scotland midfielder succeeding Gary Bowyer, who left on Monday after a run of seven league games without a victory.
McCall’s most recent spell in charge of the Bantams lasted 20 months and ended in February 2018, where he took the Valley Parade side to the League One play-off final, where his side were beaten 1-0 by Millwall at Wembley.
So are the Bantams making the right call in re-appointing McCall?
“Yes, it will have been an easy decision.
“The club are in a far worse position now than when they sacked him a few years ago and it probably highlights what a mistake it was.
“So, he is clearly a good manager for League Two level and he has the added bonus of knowing the club, the players and what the fans expect.
“That could be key at this stage of the season as it allows him to make an instant impact which will be needed as they look to win promotion. Plus, the supporters will be delighted to have him back so it will create positivity around the club at last.”
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“Bradford are definitely in need of a boost after seeing their League Two promotion bid blunted by a run of seven winless matches, and McCall’s arrival will give the short-term lift that the club very much needs at the moment.
“The Valley Parade outfit will now be hoping that McCall can develop a more attacking approach at the club, and I think this will have been another of the key reasons behind the decision to appoint him yet again.
“The fact he has already managed the Bantams twice before means he should be able to settle in quickly, and the prospect of a rapid short-term improvement would have been in the club’s consideration also.
“I’m not convinced that this is the best decision for Bradford in the long term given that McCall’s previous tenure ended in him being sacked by the club, but there are also plenty of reasons why he could be a success and the fans will certainly get behind him.”
“The club needed a huge lift after their recent awful run in League Two, with seven games without a victory at the moment seeing Gary Bowyer sacked.
“McCall comes in for his third spell at the club and will most certainly boost spirits, having had a long-standing affinity with the club as both a player and manager.
“Bradford’s season is by no means over as they sit just one point off the play-offs after 31 games, and a new manager could see them turn their fortunes around.
“There aren’t many managers who would be able to provoke such a positive fan reaction upon being appointed, so I think it can only mean good things for the Bantams.”