Bradford City have parted company with manager Stuart McCall. The Scot only returned to the club in February following the departure of Gary Bowyer. McCall leaves the Bantams 22nd in League Two, only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
His third spell as Bantams manager ends after just ten months. Bradford have confirmed that assistant manager Kenny Black has also left the club.
Stuart McCall Sacked By Bradford City
📰 BREAKING NEWS | We have today parted company with manager Stuart McCall – and assistant Kenny Black.
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) December 13, 2020
A Poor Start to Season Proved the Deciding Factor
Overall, Bradford have won just one of their last 11 league games.
McCall oversaw 29 games in his third spell as Bradford manager, collecting just seven wins while overseeing 17 defeats. Despite their torrid run of form, McCall had recently signed a contract extension until 2022. However, yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic proved to be the final straw for the board.
Given the dire run of form, Bradford are in serious danger of becoming the first former Premier League team to drop into non-league.
A club statement read: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Stuart and Kenny for their efforts over the past 10 months.
“This decision was not taken lightly, and we have done everything in our power to support them during their time at the club.
“Unfortunately, we have taken only four points from our last 10 games, and find ourselves in a battle at the wrong end of the table.
“And, with a host of important fixtures – and the January transfer window – on the horizon, we felt now was the right time to move in a different direction.”
The club have also announced academy coaches Mark Trueman and Connor Sellars will oversee the first team until a new manager is announced. Their first game will be against Crawley Town on Tuesday.
McCall ‘Disappointed’ To Be Leaving
McCall also spoke to the Bradford website following his departure this morning. He said: “I am obviously disappointed it has ended like this for everyone concerned, but am thankful for the opportunity we were given – and the support we have received throughout.
“Kenny and I were excited to return to the club and were desperate to bring success, though results have not been good enough.
“I would like to wish everyone at Bradford City nothing but the very best for the future.”