Why Bradford City should appoint League One play-off expert Simon Graysonby Jack Kitson / 08 February 2018, 12:39Tweet
Bradford City have been “inundated” with applicants for their new managerial vacancy - according to Chairman Edin Rahic - as the club seeks out a successor for the sacked Stuart McCall, who lost his job on Monday.
But, despite the reported overwhelming interest in the job, Bantams supporters may not have to wait too long until they find out the identity of McCall’s replacement, as League One promotion specialist Simon Grayson is now the hot 1/5 favourite in the betting.
So why should Bradford opt for Grayson?
He loves promotion
Simply put, Grayson loves leading teams up to the Championship. The 48-year-old’s track record at League One level is simply stunning, with the boss racking up promotions with a four different clubs in the last 11 years: Blackpool, Leeds, Huddersfield and Preston.
In fact, he’s never not led a team up to the Championship.
Bradford have been on the cusp of promotion to the second-tier in each of the last two seasons, only to lose out to Millwall both times in the play-offs. Should Grayson bag the Bantams job it would be a dream fit as he bids to lead a FIFTH club into the Championship.
Bradford’s wobbly form of late means an automatic promotion spot may be just out of reach - bar a scorching winning run from now until the end of the season - but should the club secure a top-6 finish then they’ll be hoping it’s third time lucky in the play-offs - three of Grayson’s four promotions have come via this route.
He’s ready and available
Grayson is free as a bird at the moment, meaning Bradford won’t have to splash out compensation to acquire his signature.
Grayson will also be hungry for a return to the dugout as he bids to bounce back from his short spell in charge of Sunderland. He’ll no doubt be disappointed he was unable to turn the club’s fortunates around, but it would be incredibly harsh to pin the blame on his door, with the Black Cats a sinking ship.
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He’s the best candidate
Grayson is undoubtedly the stand-out candidate in the running for the job, both in terms of experience and his track record, while his pragmatic approach would be a welcome addition to a team that has leaked in goals of late. It may not be pretty but history tells us it’s effective.
Hannes Wolf emerged as one of the early favourites for the post, but while he fits into the category of “talented young German manager” he has zero experience of English football, and may need time to adjust.
Alan Stubbs has not been seen in the dugout since losing his job at Rotherham in October 2016, and is unlikely to whet the appetite of supporters.
Former Bantams player Greg Abbott is the Bradford head of recruitment and knows the club better than most, however he’s not managed in nearly five years, with his only spell coming at Carlisle United.
Phil Brown knows the lower leagues well but his lengthy spell at Southend recently came to an end he is likely to want to take some time out to recharge his batteries.