Bradford City appointed Stuart McCall as manager for the third time yesterday, as announced by their official club website.
The Bantams moved swiftly to replace Gary Bowyer in the dugout with a very familiar face.
McCall, who had been available since being sacked by Scunthorpe United in March 2019, has brought long-serving assistant Kenny Black with him to Valley Parade.
The Scotsman made over 400 appearances for the Yorkshire side during his playing career and became their manager for the first time in 2007, before returning for a second stint in 2016.
McCall has also previously managed Motherwell, Rangers and Scunthorpe. After making his return to Bradford, he told their website: “I am naturally delighted to be here again and am fully focussed on the 15 games we have left to play. It is always difficult taking over from a manager who has lost his job, so I feel for Gary (Bowyer). But, when Julian (Rhodes) contacted me, I was desperate to return.”
“We have to assess the squad very quickly and get ready for the remainder of the season. I obviously know a few of the players from my previous spell here, so am looking forward to the challenge. The club is a huge one in this division and, with everything still to play for, the job is to try and get us back to where we should be.”
Can McCall inspire the Bantams to promotion? Here is how their fans reacted on Twitter to his appointment:
Welcome home sir.
— Harry Coope🏴 (@HarryCoope5) February 4, 2020
McCall is just the boost #bcafc need right now. Tough job from now til the end of the season but a huge clear out in the summer and I'm sure he will get it right. Looking forward to a Saturday for the first time in a very very long time!
— Nathan Willoughby (@nw92) February 4, 2020
I think mccall will do it this time round win Saturday and the momentum will start to build #bcafc
— Luke greaves (@Lukegreaves4) February 4, 2020
Hard not to get carried away when hearing McCall talking about #bcafc isn’t it? Really hope he can succeed. Expectation has just absolutely skyrocketed.
— Keith Wildman (@KeithWildman) February 4, 2020
I wasn't sure about McCall coming back to be honest but that first interview has instantly made me change my mind! Go on Stuart! #bcafc
— Damian Poutney (@DamianPoutney) February 4, 2020
I fancied a change if i am honest but seeing Stu McCall back in a city training kit warms the soul. Will no doubt lift fans and the players #bcafc
— Tim Nuttall (@TimN1982) February 4, 2020
Best thing for McCall is that a vast majority of this squad is out of contract in the summer #bcafc
Excited for Saturday for first time in months, 4-4-2, attacking with wingers.
— Andy (@NorthernMonkeh1) February 4, 2020