Bradford City boss Stuart McCall has already begun to plan for next season, as reported by the Telegraph and Argus.
The Bantams have slipped outside of the play-off places in League Two and are struggling for form despite the recent change of manager, but McCall is already looking ahead to next season.
His predecessor, Gary Bowyer, signed 20 players during his tenure which has left the squad looking bloated, something former Everton midfielder McCall acknowledged.
“There are certain areas that are stockpiled for next season,” he said. “But I’m going to have discussions with Julian (Rhodes) about moving forward.
“You’ve got to start putting things into action now. We’re beginning to formulate where we need strengthening. There’s still enough football for people to stand up and show they deserve a contract.
“But now things have calmed down a bit going Saturday to Saturday, it gives us a little bit more time to have an eye on next season.”
McCall is currently in his third spell as Bradford manager, having also been with the club twice as a player, but the side have won just one in eleven fixtures following their New Year’s Day win at home to Morecambe.
Bradford’ business is likely to be intense and frequent over the summer. The article states that the five centre-halves on their books are all contracted beyond the summer, meaning lots of work to do getting people out as well as in.
McCall is clearly planning for the long run, but decisions might have to be held back until they know exactly which division they’re going to be playing in. It might sound harsh right now, but it looks likely they’ll be a League Two side next season and should perhaps plan for that.