Stuart McCall returns to manage Bradford City for the third time as Gary Bowyer leaves the club
Stuart Mccall Will Bring Tactical Changes to Bradford City
Ambitious McCall Wants to Bring Back the Glory Days
The Leeds-born McCall, 55, has been reinstated as Bradford City’s manager, taking charge of the Bantams for the third time.
Stuart McCall is now working on the tactical reshaping of the squad in preparation for their game against Grimsby Town.
With 15 games left Bradford will need to hit the ground running to save the season.
The Grimsby game might be too soon for McCall’s influence to take hold, but its a good chance for the players to try to make amends.
After all, the players have been performing way below expectations.
McCall, this time, will be free to rule the roost as a manager, not the head coach.
Tactically McCall’s Bradford were a great team to watch and he wants to replicate that.
After analysing the squad, McCall believes he can bring success to the club once more.
His unfinished business is with the Bantams.
McCall: “It’s a Championship Club”
McCall and his Bradford side were just 90 minutes away from winning promotion but, after dominating possession, they could not manage to break down Millwall.
In his second-stint at Bradford, his side was known for playing fluid football.
As far as formations go, McCall was no stranger to tinkering.
Under McCall, Bradford were devastating from set-pieces.
Tony McMahon’s dead-ball ability influenced this, but it would be no shock to see more goals from set-pieces.
If McCall replicates his previous system, the Bantams fans should expect a few changes.
He builds teams around organisation and focuses on improving individual performance.
In his previous reign, each player was integral, often outperforming their natural ability.
Using Wyke as a focal point in attacks, the City full-backs would rush down the wings, whipping crosses into the box.
Midfielders were fluid in the build-up, tucking into channels offering protection and a potential passing option.
The team liked to attack and defend as a group, midfielders supported the forward players, when needed, and the forward-line counter-pressed to win back possession high up the pitch.
Time Is Against the Bantams
With just 15 games left time is against the Bantams as they look to force their way back into the promotion conversation
McCall has been working with the team since Thursday morning and an in-form Grimsby Town will certainly provide a tough test.
After all, Stuart McCall has not had long to instil his tactical influence on the players.
However, Bradford fans should still see the beginnings of the new tactical style.
The players will surely be more dynamic by pressing, passing the ball to feet and using marauding full-backs to stretch the game.
The most obvious change, however, will be the electric atmosphere as the crowd welcomes back McCall and Black.