Bradford City have named former Blackburn and Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer as their new manager, it has been confirmed on the club website, after the 47-year-old signed a contract until the end of the season with Andy Todd moving to Valley Parade as assistant manager.
Bowyer has been out of work since August 2018, when he left Blackpool just one game into this season after two years in charge, but has spoken enthusiastically of his Bradford appointment: “This is a massive club and the opportunity to manage Bradford City doesn’t come along that often. It was one I had to take.”
So is Bowyer the right appointment for the Bantams?
“It’s a solid appointment.
“Bowyer is a proven manager in the Football League and now seems like a good time to take the step back into the managerial hot seat.
“I think he could be the man to keep the Bantams in League One – but he needs to find positive results, and fast.”
“Yes, but I’m struggling to see how a short term deal works best.
“They lost Grayson last season after making the same mistake.
“I like Bowyer, but he knows how to pick a club.
“Blackburn were a basket case when he was there, so were Blackpool.”
“He is an experienced hand, it’s a great decision.
“Going into Bradford is a risk, as all appointments are.
“But I think this is going to be a positive move from the League One club.”