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Rory McArdle

Issue #167 Michael Wood on Inefficient / Attitude / Passing
Bradford City 1 Oldham Athletic 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2016/2017

As a collective slap of self-congratulation was heard around Valley Parade watching the new Stuart McCall passing Bradford City impressed in a draw against Oldham Athletic it was worth looking at the game through the eyes of a travelling supporter and asking if the visitors performance was exactly the type of display of which Phil Parkinson's City teams were lauded for.

Issue #164 Michael Wood on Soft / August
Peterborough United 0 Bradford City 1 At London Road in League One, 2016/2017

Following the first win of the season Bradford City continue to look for a striker hoping that the opening month of the season will have focused the mind of players who have realised that they will not be getting much football.

Issue #160 Michael Wood on Preview / Players

Bradford City have a solid platform with a lot of options in the back four, and some solid midfield players, but creating chances - more than converting them - will be the problem Stuart McCall faces in 2016/2017 unless either the squad is added to, or players improve performances drastically, or Tony McMahon goes back to the right wing.

Issue #159 Michael Wood on Unfamiliar / Preview

The 2016/2017 season at Bradford City will not be defined by new team of Stuart McCall as manager and Edin Rahic as owner but by the old regime of Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes who allowed former manager Phil Parkinson to have full control over the football side of Bradford City and create structures that - on his exit - were not retained.

Issue #153 Michael Wood on Hiwula / Guesswork

Bradford City have signed Jordy Hiwula on a season long loan from Huddersfield Town and he may be a good signing, or he may be a poor signing, but any judgement made on the day a player signs is guesswork and players govern how good or bad a signing with the work they put in during the season.

Issue #150 Michael Wood on Timeline / Reboot

Stuart McCall returns as Bradford City manager with an elongated training session at Guiseley which reminded one of what could have happened in 2007 had - as was the original thinking - McCall had been handed a healthy League One club.

Issue #149 Michael Wood on Transfer / Improvement

In the weeks of the most change there has been little change in Bradford City's squad with no transfers in June (to date) but this, more than anything, should give one heart that Stuart McCall is not repeating the mistake that he made in his first spell as City manager and that Roy Hodgson made as England manager.

Issue #148 Michael Wood on Holes / Fit

The seat is comfortable for McCall and business on assembling a squad begins immediately. One by one the current City squad are looked at for their ability to fit into what the manager wants.

Issue #142 Michael Wood on Selection / Manager

As Phil Parkinson departs Bradford City there is a consideration for what aspects of the former manager's approach one would like to see reproduced in the next manager.

Issue #137 Michael Wood on Retained / Leave

Six players leave Valley Parade and six may follow as Bradford City release the retained list.

Issue #134 Michael Wood on Ultimate / Reasoning

City are down to five contracted players leaving Parkinson with a near blank piece of paper for recruitment and raising some considerations about how the club's transfer policy ran for the last twelve to six months.

Issue #129 Michael Wood on Phil Parkinson and the team of tautology
Bradford City 4 Walsall 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2015/2016

By allowing his circle of senior professionals to create a tone and a template for those who arrive at Valley Parade Phil Parkinson has managed to create a team of loan players who put in committed, passionate displays.