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Off Hops David, who’ll be next of ‘kin’? : 3 most likely Bradford Managers

Following David Hopkin’s resignation from his managerial position Bradford City, The Bantams must search for their third head coach of the season – and they must do so quickly.  

With only 12 games remaining Bradford find themselves second from bottom in Sky Bet League One, three points off Shrewsbury and Oxford who sit in 19th and 20th respectively. City’s goal difference of -17 would arguably make them four points from escaping the relegation zone as the teams above them have a significantly better goal difference. It won’t be easy, whoever they sign, for it is unlikely that those above them will fail to pick up an extra few points before the end of the season too.

Hopkins is the second Bradford boss this season, following the sacking of Michael Collins in September, however Hopkins left at his own accord believing he could not do more than he has to keep the side up. The 48-year-old impressively won four out of five league games in December, earning him the Manager of the Month Award however this was not enough to prevent the recent events, with Saturdays 3-2 defeat at fellow strugglers Walsall, seemed to be the final straw for the Scotsman after only 175 days in the job.

So who are the potential candidates to take Bradford through the remainder of the season?

  1. Simon Grayson

For as long as he is out of a job, Simon Grayson will always be on the Bradford City shortlist. The Yorkshire man has had an illustrious managerial career where he has earned promotion with all but one of the clubs he has bossed. The club he failed to have success with were Sunderland, but sympathy has been given to any manager who worked at The Stadium of Light due to the crisis the club was going through during the last three years where they experienced consecutive relegations. Grayson has openly said that due to the situation behind the scenes ‘no one could have done better’ and he claims he would have saved them if given more time. This provides two reasons why Grayson could accept an offer; firstly that he is brave enough to join a club on the fall and try to steady the ship, but it also gives him the opportunity to follow through on his word that he could hack a relegation battle. Grayson does already have a history at Valley Parade, having played very briefly in 2002. More recently though, Bradford were the last team he managed, taking over from Stuart McCall at a similar time to now in 2018 but left at the end of his short term contract three months later, despite being offered an extended deal. This proves that the owners liked his impact on the club and see a potential in his assets. The only question is would Simon Grayson want be up for the challenge?

2. Hannes Wolf

The former Stuttgart manager is another name that has been hot on the lips of those related to the football club over the past year or so. At one point before Grayson was put in temporary charge in February 2018, Wolf was odds on favourite to succeed Stuart McCall, with the club then in sixth place. At 36, the German has much to offer and already has success under his belt in his homeland. Wolf brought smiles quickly back to the faces of humiliated fans as his Stuttgart side immediately returned to the Germany’s top flight in 2017 by winning the 2.Bundesliga after relegated for the first time in 41 years the season before under a number of his predecessors. Hannes was out of work having parted company with the club after a rocky start in the first division, but was appointed as head coach of Hamburg in October where they sit top of the 2.Bundesliga. Wolf has a great opportunity to win a second promotion in his career and the fact that he is only three months into his job makes it harder to see him at Bradford this season at least. However, he has been highly linked with the job on several occasions due to City’s owner’s connection with Stuttgart and so he will no doubt be on their speed dial! 

This could be seen as a risk for a young manager though, given the position Bradford find themselves in the league and so staying at Hamburg would be the easier option. However, even if Wolf does not come into question with the owners right now, don’t rule him out once the season is up. 

3.Martin Drury

With only 12 games left, a new manager coming into a squad he is not used to and has had no time to gel with could be fatal for Bradford City’s survival hopes. Therefore if there is a chance someone with some insight could take the reigns, even just for the time being, it could be what saves a Bradford side that are expected to do so much more. Martin Drury would be ideal in this scenario because he has been assistant manager at the club since the start of the season. Furthermore, Drury had a very brief stint managing Bradford Park Avenue meaning in recent years he has never been too far from the team. This previous managerial role doesn’t count for nothing either. Drury will have his own methods from his own albeit brief experience, alongside what he will have learnt as Michael Collin’s and David Hopkin’s second man. Drury will also already have a relationship with the players and will be the first man that will see what the previous managers were doing wrong behind the scenes. Therefore, a caretaker role seems a given for the 32-year-old and even if it is a big step in his early career in management, any kind of resurgence from the squad could land him a more long term job. The appointment of Drury also gives the owners a nice and simple way out of jail if they want to find themselves a more experienced manager, as they will then have until the summer to appoint someone full time if they believe Drury is not the man to take them further. This also links with another contender as their previous main target  Hannes Wolf may be more likely to consider his options in the summer when his first season with Hamburg has concluded. Remember, the German seems quite good at getting an underperforming side promoted to where they belong.

Other candidates include the likes of Gary Bowyer, Paul Hurst and Ian Holloway however betting company’s have put the odds pretty high for the likes of these appointments suggesting that at this stage it is anyone’s guess as to who will become Bradford’s boss in order to get them out of the bottom four.

The Spireites should look to sign this prolific striker to fire them to safety

Chesterfield have struggled so far this season as they find themselves in 22nd in the League Two table, but back to back victories have given Jack Lester’s side hope of beating the League Two drop.

Leading goalscorer Kristian Dennis has been linked with a move to Bradford City but the club today have confirmed the offer for the striker was rejected. Dennis who has 14 goals for the club is the only striker to have hit double figures so far this season, and with the club embroiled in a relegation battle his goals are going to be crucial to stay up, but the club are also going to need to add to the strikeforce to help take the goalscoring burden off him.

With this in mind, the club should turn their attention to Ricky Miller.

Ricky Miller – The striker only joined Peterborough United in the summer, but the move hasn’t worked out for him. Having scored 40 goals in the National League for Dover Athletic, it shows that he clearly has natural goalscoring ability and could be the perfect fit for Chesterfield to help them stay in the Football League.

As well as being able to play as the central striker, Miller also offers versatility as he can also operate from wide.

Chesterfield fans would you like to see Ricky Miller at your club? Let us know in the comments section…

Middlesbrough should look to sign these two players to obtain a playoff​ spot

Middlesbrough have managed to turn their season around under manager Tony Pulis and currently sit 8th in the Championship table, just two points outside the playoff places.

The North-East outfit have won 3 of their last 5 league games scoring 8 goals in the process, but with only Britt Assombalonga hitting double figures so far this season, it could well be an area that Pulis looks to strengthen this month.

Other strikers at the club such as Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Bamford have had little game time under the Welsh manager, with target man Rudy Gestede featuring heavily. If Boro are to have a successful campaign and go back up to the Premier League they are going to become more of an attacking force as they currently have scored 38 goals as a squad in the Championship this season, which is the lowest of the top 10 clubs.

With that in mind, Tony Pulis is going to have to look to add some firepower to his strike force and should look to bring in Bradford City striker Charlie Wyke and Walsall attacking midfielder Erhun Oztumer.

Charlie Wyke – The Bradford City striker has 12 goals to his name already this season in League One, continuing his terrific form in front goal. Prior to his move to Valley Parade Wyke, was with Carlisle United where in his final season for the club he scored 15 goals in all competitions.

If Boro were to sign Wyke they would be getting a striker that knows where the back of the net is which would help take the burden off Assombalonga and could be the man to fire Middlesbrough back to the Premier League.

Erhun Oztumer – The attacking midfielder has been superb for Walsall this season as he leads the clubs goalscoring charts with 11 goals, and shows he has natural goalscoring ability, backing up his 15 league goals from last season.

Oztumer who is out of contract at the end of the current season, will be on the radar of many clubs due to his terrific form so if Boro did want to land the attacking midfielder they would have to move quickly.

Middlesbrough fans would you take Charlie Wyke and Erhun Oztumer at the Riverside Stadium? Let us know in the comments section…

Match Preview: Peterborough United v Bradford City

This weekend Peterborough will host Bradford City for the first time this season and will look to get a better result then last season when Jordy Hiwula’s strike was all that seperated the two sides.

The Posh are on great form sitting top of League 1 three points ahead of Bradford who sit in sixth, Bradford has won four of their last six games, losing one and drawing the other.

Bradford made a great charge for promotion last season but lost out to Millwall in the play-off final so will want to get promoted to the Championship at the end of this season. Stuart McCall helped the team to it last season and with the additions of Charlie Wykes and Dominic Poleon over the summer they will help Bradford on the attacking side, they’ve already got five goals between them as well.

This is a huge game for the Posh as Bradford pushed for promotion last season and will want to again this year , if Peterborough want to be competitive this season they need to get results against these sorts of teams, they already have against Rotherham this season and this is they’re next big test for Grant McCann’s side.

Paul Taylor will also be in focus in this game as this is his first game back at London Road since leaving for Bradford in the summer, if Taylor is picked in the Bradford squad it will be interesting to see how he does against his old side and how the fans will treat him.

If I had to predict a score here I’d say either 1-0 Bradford or 2-1 Peterborough.

Peterborough and Bradford fans send us your predictions in the comments section…