Bradford City terminate contract of Stuart McCallby Jack Kitson / 05 February 2018, 10:13Tweet
Stuart McCall has become the latest victim of the dreaded vote of confidence after Bradford City decided to terminate his contract, a week after the club declared their full support for the Scot.
The decision comes after Bradford suffered a 2-1 defeat away to struggling Oldham - the club’s sixth successive loss in all competitions - which left the 6th-placed Bantams 13 points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
Bradford’s place in the League One play-offs is now severely under-threat, with the chasing pack hot on their heels with a couple of games in hand.
In a statement Bradford said:
"This decision has not been taken lightly, and this is a sad day for everyone involved.”
While they went on to reveal:
"We believe that a change is in the best interests of the club at this time in order to give us the best chance of finishing the season strongly."
McCall managed Bradford between 2007 and 2010, before returning to Valley Parade in June 2016. He went on to lead the West Yorkshire club into the play-off final, losing to Millwall, who they’d also previously lost to in the 2015/16 play-offs.
The target this term was promotion up to the Championship, but the club’s alarming slump of late has resulted in a change in the dugout.
Former Leeds manager Simon Grayson, who is currently being linked with a return to Elland Road, has emerged as the early frontrunner to replace McCall. Grayson is an attractive option considering his availability, plus he has a stunning record at this level, having won four promotions up to the Championship.
Alan Stubbs, Brian McDermott, Lee Clark, Paul Ince and Craig Bellamy are other contenders in the betting.