Following an up and down season last campaign that saw them in contention for much of the first half of the season, only to fall badly into mid table mediocrity, this season has been a much more consistent one for Bradford City.
That however, is far from a good thing.
With just ten wins and 21 defeats in their 37 league games so far, Bradford find themselves off the bottom of the table only on goal difference, staring at relegation back to the bottom tier of the Football League.
Given the desire for instant success in football these days and the way Bradford’s season has played out so far, it is perhaps not surprising that there is a third different manager in the dugout at Valley Parade this season.
Following David Hopkin’s resignation in late February, the unenviable task of turning The Bantams season around and keeping them in the division has been handed to Gary Bowyer.
Bowyer has been out of work since his sudden and unexpected departure from Blackpool after the opening day of the season, and it is that experience both at Bloomfield Road and elsewhere that mean the 47-year-old would be the perfect man for the job of bringing Bradford back into League One, should they drop out of the division at the end of the season.
When Blackpool appointed Bowyer, morale at the club was at rock bottom after they themselves had dropped into League Two under the Oyston regime.
Despite the uncertainty around the club and the boycott of home games by fans at the in protest at the Oystons, Bowyer took Blackpool back into League One at the first attempt, before guiding them to a respectable 12th place finish on their return to the third tier last season.
Even before that, Bowyer had plenty of experiencing in steadying the ship at clubs in a rough period, having done so at first as a caretaker and then as permanent manager at Blackburn Rovers in their first season back in the Championship at a time when fan disdain for owners Venkys was arguably at its highest.
Given that Bradford’s fans to have had their share of frustrations with of the field issues at their club in recent times, it seems that Bowyer’s credentials make him the perfect person to step in and restore some pride to this once proud club.