Bradford City became the third League Two club in a week to sack their manager, with Gary Bowyer losing his job following the 3-0 defeat against Oldham.
The ex-Blackpool and Blackburn boss has only been with the club for 11 months, coming in to replace David Hopkin who endured a similarly short spell in charge. The 48-year-old could not keep the club in League One last season, but after starting out as favourites in the fourth tier, they have since slipped out of the play-off spots.
The official statement, released this afternoon, quoted the Bantam’s interim chief executive, Julian Rhodes as saying: “He came to the club at a difficult time and inherited a team heading for relegation, which we were unable to avoid.
“Gary built a squad over the summer that has proven it is capable of competing at the right end of Sky Bet League Two. However, over the course of the last few months, results have undoubtedly declined.
“In view of recent events, we felt a change was necessary in order to compete for a play-off place. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gary the very best for the future.”
The timing of the decision has left some Bradford fans perplexed, with the transfer window having just closed, with others speculating as to who they might see taking up the post at Valley Parade. Former boss Stuart McCall, who was sacked two years ago despite having them in the top six of League One, seems to be clear favourite.
Absolutely the right decision, but absolutely ridiculous to give him the window, during which he’s got rid of our two best players, then sack him!
— Tom (@tomkeef87) February 3, 2020
How as drury kept his job so long? He’s seen 6 managers out the door!! Also he still holds the stench of Rahic!! sack him as well, Get McCall back but sack Drury
— St Peter ๙๙๙ (@JonasPeteJustin) February 3, 2020
In all honesty I think his heart was in the best interests for the club but it just clearly wasn’t working. Wish Bowyer the best for the future.
— Cameron Atkinson (@cameron9199) February 3, 2020
Nice bloke maybe and it's not nice seeing anyone lose there job but pro football is a entertainment business and fans are the most important part of a clubs makeup. Lose them and you dont have anything. I wish club had acted weeks ago when writing was on the wall. #bcafc
— Thomas Hague (@ThomasHague) February 3, 2020
Yes as Deputy. Renew his Warnock partnership. Don’t like Warnock particularly but as a gets results manager , he’ll do for me with Stu his deputy!
— The Fat Controller (@herts_bantam) February 3, 2020
@ajdrecruit Enter McCall.
— KieranDevanny (@KieranDevanny) February 3, 2020
Why did they let him waste the transfer window.
Get McCall in till end of season.
Simple as that,i was ok when he left last time as he stagnated but at least we played attacking football.
— Nick Sax (@ajdrecruit) February 3, 2020
Paul Tisdale imo
— Will (@ladlikelazaro) February 3, 2020
I beg you, make the call, bring Stuart back, please. You know it makes sense. 🙏
— Greg Ormondroyd (@G9_ORM) February 3, 2020