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McCALL ENTHUSED FOLLOWING BANTAMS RETURN

5 February 2020

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Stuart McCall has spoken of a “promising” start to life at the City helm, having overseen his first training session - since returning - yesterday.

The Bantams icon and his assistant Kenny Black met their new squad for the first time at Woodhouse Grove on Tuesday morning, with the former beginning his third spell as manager.

The ex-Scotland international was encouraged by the signs shown on his first day back, and is looking forward to the upcoming weeks and months.

McCall said: “It is fantastic to be here again. I have been desperate to be back out on the grass, and even more so when returning to this club.

“It has been great to work with the players. I obviously know a few of them from my previous stint and am very much familiar with a few of the others.

“It is important for me and Kenny to meet and listen to the players and other members of staff and get in and amongst things as quickly as we can.

“The faster we get to knowing all of them inside out, the better.

“We have a lot of players and a big squad with thankfully only two or three injuries, at the moment. I am really looking forward to the rest of the season.

“I have seen very promising things so far in training and am excited to be working with them more to understand them as much as possible.”

Despite being fully aware of the challenge ahead, McCall is relishing the test of further rebuilding the club.

Having reached the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final during his previous spell in the dugout, the Bantams boss is confident, with time, things will again change for the better.

He added: “The season started really well but we have now not won in seven games.

“It is always tough to take over from someone who has lost their job. When a manger leaves, there is always sadness.

“That is particularly the case with Gary (Bowyer) who is a great bloke and a good human being.

“We had to address things very quickly on Tuesday morning but we have a third of the season remaining, with everything to play for.

“We are on a little bit of a sticky run at the moment but, if we take it one game at a time, things can soon change very quickly.

“We have a squad here which is capable of getting better results than they have proved, of late.

"It is our job to get the best out of what we have here and I am extremely excited at the thought of doing so.”

Tickets for McCall and Black’s homecoming - when City entertain Grimsby Town on Saturday (3.00pm) - can be purchased by CLICKING HERE.


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