Stuart McCall dealt the dreaded vote of confidence by Bradford City

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 January 2018, 15:06

Bradford City have handed their manager Stuart McCall the “dreaded vote of confidence” after a run of four straight defeats raised fears over his future at Valley Parade.

Bradford’s owners released a statement on Wednesday night - see tweet below - in which they declared their “100 per cent support for McCall” following five defeats in seven games, which leaves the Bantams seven points adrift of the League One automatic promotion spots.

The fact that the club have decided to come out and publicly back their boss is a concern. The vote of confidence has been the curse of many a manager in the past, and instead of easing McCall’s fears, it may have an adverse effect, especially if Bradford slip to a fifth consecutive loss this weekend.

McCall, who desperately needs funds for new players, responded to the statement in an interview with West Yorkshire Daily:

“I think they’re just trying to be transparent. I expect us to be a lot stronger in the next couple of weeks...That will be 3 or 4 new faces through the door & 2 or 3 back from injury.”

The Scot returned to Bradford in June 2016 for a second spell in charge, and went on to lead his side to 5th spot, only to suffer the agony of a play-off final defeat to Millwall.

It was the second season in succession in which Bradford had lost to Millwall in the play-offs, while in the prior two campaigns they’d finished 7th and 11th - all three standings came under former boss Phil Parkinson.

A third straight play-off defeat would be heartbreaking for Bradford supporters who crave a return to the Championship, a division they’ve been absent from since 2004.

But, for the moment at least, McCall says that the play-offs look "a million miles away" as his troops aim to reverse a four game losing streak on Saturday when they host AFC Wimbledon, who moved out of the relegation zone last weekend after a 2-0 win over Blackpool.


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