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‘Smart move’, ‘Refreshing to see’ – Bradford City make key decision: The verdict



This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Bradford City have moved to appoint Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars on a permanent basis after an impressive spell as interim managers.

Trueman and Sellars have picked up 24 points since taking on a joint role in wake of Stuart McCall’s exit at Valley Parade.

That has propelled Bradford to 13th in the table, with Saturday’s impressive win over Cheltenham giving them an outside chance of play-off football.

An impressive result against automatic promotion hopefuls has also seen Bradford give Trueman and Sellars a chance as permanent managers, signing deals until 2022.

Is that the right call, though?

Our writers discuss…

George Dagless

I think so.

They’ve produced decent form at the helm and I think a club like Bradford just needs that bit of stability to help them along.

You wouldn’t rule out a play-off challenge just yet and I think with the pair in charge they’ve got their best chance of achieving that this season.

It’s a popular appointment with fans looking at some of the reaction and I would also argue it’s an appointment that the players are pleased with given the performances they have been producing more often than not.

A smart move I would say, and hopefully it will continue to yield progress.

Phil Spencer

There’s no doubt that this is the right decision.

Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars have done a sterling job since taking over the club in December and winning seven games in that time.

Given how the club have moved up the league it’s a no-brainer to allow the duo to continue what they’ve started and see how far they can take Bradford City.

Reaching the play-offs is a big step, but if they continue their current run of form then it would take a brave man to bet against them gate-crashing the top seven.

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Sam Rourke

This is refreshing to see at Bradford.

Too often we’ve seen the Bantams look to older managers who have ‘been around the block’ but they’ve bucked the trend and gone for Trueman and Sellars, who are 33 and 29 respectively.

The impact they’ve had since coming in on an interim basis has been superb, winning seven games, drawing three times and losing just once.

At one stage when McCall was in the charge, they were firmly in the lower echelons of the League Two table and the threat of relegation was genuine.

The players have clearly taken to Trueman and Sellars really well and they’ve both appeared to galvanise what was a dressing room low on confidence.

They are ambitious and are desperate to succeed and they certainly deserve the gig given the impact they’ve made.

Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Leeds United fan and proud to have reported on their promotion-winning 2019/20 campaign.

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