5 leading candidates to replace Stuart McCall at Bradford

There are a number of Bradford City fans who feel Stuart McCall, whose sacking was announced on Monday morning, was hard done by.

Given the cut-throat nature of the modern game, it is a sign of the connection the Scot had with those fans that they were sad to see him leave, even after a six-game losing streak.

McCall's exit won't necessarily end the problems at Valley Parade, of which recruitment is arguably one, but it is vital the club gets this next appointment right to build bridges with supporters.

Here are the five leading candidates to become the Next Bradford Manager.

Simon Grayson

Why he should get the job:

For starters, the 48-year-old has an impeccable promotion record at this level. He has already guided Blackpool, Huddersfield, Leeds and Preston to the Championship: the first two clubs typically have smaller attendances than Bradford while the Lilywhites had been at the bottom end of League One when he took over.

Jordan Hugill, Alan Browne, Joe Garner, Sam Johnstone, Ben Pearson, Bailey Wright and Josh Brownhill – who have all performed well in the Championship recently – are all arguably better players for having played under Grayson, who already has roots in Yorkshire.

Why he shouldn’t:

At previous clubs, Grayson has been the dominant figure who was given the backing from the board to do everything his way – including recruitment. Here, co-chairman Edin Rahic has controlled the players that come into the club; the German has often favoured young players but Grayson would want to ensure there’s an experienced core. There could be a conflict of interests here.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

While Grayson would be a good appointment, it’s hard to see the board compromising their approach.

Why he shouldn’t:

McClaren’s struggles in high-profile jobs like England and Newcastle means that from a fans perspective, there is a stigma attached to him that would be hard to shake off were the team to suffer a bad run. There are question marks about whether the York-born boss is ruthless enough with his players when he needs to be, which is a problem that arguably cost McCall his job.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

Would tick a lot of boxes for Bradford and were he to be appointed, he could surprise a few people.

Brian McDermott

Why he should get the job:

Took Reading to the Premier League as Championship title winners with limited funds as recently as 2012 and a couple of years later, he had Leeds in play-off contention. Played a part in the development of current Premier League stars Gylfi Sigurdsson and Shane Long and appeared to relish working with youth, which bodes well with Bradford’s young squad.

Why he shouldn’t:

McDermott’s second spell at Reading was far less successful than his first, with Matej Vydra, now flying at Derby, starved of service. The 56-year-old hasn’t been a leading contender for any other jobs in the 19-months since he left Berkshire, nor does he have roots in Yorkshire or an obvious connection with Bradford’s owners.

The Sack Race’s Verdict:

It’s hard to see this one happening and there may be better options out there.

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