Issue Stuart McCall’s exit from Bradford City confirmed

As told by Michael Wood

Bradford City have confirmed the exit of manager Stuart McCall from the club.

He is a man who has put everything into three spells at Bradford City and we have shared the rewards with him. I’m proud to say I cheered him as a young man in the claret and amber of the eighties and that ten years later I cheered him to the Premiership and into Europe. I’m proud to say that I stood behind him in his third spell where as manager things were not going as well as he hoped.

McCall leaves City and has options on his future. Do not be suprised if his coaching skills are requested at Rangers some time soon.

He gave everything, every time and that is all I’ve every asked for from anyone at the club at any level. I can put hand on heart and say that I did not desert him when success did. I wonder what the measure of a fan or a man is if it is not how he responds to bad times as well as good.

Early reports suggest that the Bantams are looking for short term management with a belief that the club is going neither up nor down in Valley Parade in a manner which is scarily reminiscent of the thinking that saw David Wetherall replace Colin Todd only to glide down a division.

Such talk defies logic. If the current City team is not good enough to make a fist of a promotion campaign with 19 games left then why unseat McCall? Not expecting results starting Saturday is a tacit statement that it is the players and not the management that is the problem and in that situation why work towards a change of management?

57 points are available and to justify the pursuit of a management change as is reported to have been common at City then three from every home and one from all away games is expected starting on Saturday against Grimsby Town.

Anything less than a full throated attempt at that puts a question mark over the motivations for the club allow McCall to leave.

The club’s new moves are very significant ones indeed.

Me, I’m waiting for the fourth coming.