McCall doesn’t regret bringing in big names – just end result

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stuart McCall has no worries about turning to youth due to City’s fresh financial fears Stuart McCall has no worries about turning to youth due to City’s fresh financial fears

Stuart McCall still harbours regrets over City’s failed promotion bid last season – but his recruitment policy for established names is not one of them.

Many fans have described the current City side built on unproven talent as a refreshing change after their much-hyped predecessors came up short.

But as he approaches his 100th game in charge, McCall refutes the suggestion that he has “learned his lesson” about filling the side with older heads.

McCall said: “People will say that I should have gone for young and hungry players last year. But I don’t think there was one supporter who complained when we brought experienced people in.

“Graeme Lee had three promotions, Paul McLaren was being chased by three or four other clubs and Michael Boulding and Chris Brandon had both done well at a higher level.

“We had a set of criteria for last season. We needed players who would not be fazed by 12,000 crowds at home and also be able to perform at the next level if we got promoted as hoped.

“It wasn’t a short-term thing, which is why we gave them two-year contracts. We were always going to bring in youngsters to play alongside them.

“And for three-quarters of the season, it was a success. We still finished third-top scorers in the division.

“Unfortunately the wheels came off in one bad month – and I will always regret that.”

The big-money signings inevitably carried the can for the fans’ frustration. But McCall insisted that a sizeable chunk of the budget was used up later in the season on loan players as long-term injuries took their toll.

He said: “We had to pay more because of that but the likes of Nicky Law and Dean Furman were long-term visions. If we’d got where we wanted, they would have been given two or three-year deals to stay.

“I’ve not got an issue with age. Look at Peter Thorne and what he has given us the last two years in terms of his goals and professionalism.

“Likewise there’s no worries about throwing in Luke O’Brien and other young lads. I like energy and passion in the team but you also need experience to handle certain situations.”

City have had to trim back in all departments this season. McCall has felt the bite on the coaching side, losing David Wetherall to the youth team following Chris Casper’s enforced departure.

“Everything we tried to do on and off the field last season crumbled because we didn’t get in the play-offs,” said McCall.

“The finances have to dictate things and the money wasn’t there. I’ve got to take responsibility for that. The club had been in administration twice and nobody wants to go anywhere near that again.

“You are trying to put building blocks in a structure but can only do that if the finance is available. It was my fault that we didn’t reach the play-offs and it was a big shame.”

McCALL’S CITY FACTFILE

Wins: 38; Draws: 26; Losses: 35; Goals scored: 139; Goals conceded: 129; First match: 1-1 v Macclesfield, August 11, 2007; First win: 2-1 v Wrexham, August 25, 2007; Biggest win: 5-0 v Aldershot, March 7, 2009; Best comeback: 3-2 v Accrington, October 11, 2008; Biggest loss: 0-5 v Notts County, August 8, 2009; Best run: Three wins, three times; Worst run: Five defeats, Sept-Oct 2007; High point: Won five of first six games last season; Low point: Threatened to quit when City missed the play-offs

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12:26pm Thu 17 Sep 09

nhenryv says...

Blimey, has he been reading these columns? Last seasons clapped out forward line, overrrun midfield and nervous defence were down the 'the wheels coming off'. If SM had looked closely he would have noticed we were stood on four piles of bricks! The loans were good players but the permanent signings just weren't. Still, things are looking up so lets have three points on saturday!!
Blimey, has he been reading these columns? Last seasons clapped out forward line, overrrun midfield and nervous defence were down the 'the wheels coming off'. If SM had looked closely he would have noticed we were stood on four piles of bricks! The loans were good players but the permanent signings just weren't. Still, things are looking up so lets have three points on saturday!! nhenryv

5:32pm Thu 17 Sep 09

sharky says...

Comments abover are correct. Furman and Law were great laon signings and players on the up, the others we can forget although the intention of the signings were correct (if that makes sense). It did work for 3/4 of the season but the wheel came of with that dopey irish lump of lard and not enough passion and several injuries to carry through. We also had some rubbish in Colbeck and that useless right back from Carlisle - cant even remember the clowns name!
Casper going wasnt too soon, poor, poor coach that took a couple of our promising youth team players backwards, and Wetherall is correct choice. Bradford youth system still need to learn from the likes of M'boro and West Ham in their approach and care. Its not finding players but bringing them on that counts. I have seen a great right back in the reserves and decent midfielder in first few reserve games, nuture them City, please, then you will not need to spend.
Comments abover are correct. Furman and Law were great laon signings and players on the up, the others we can forget although the intention of the signings were correct (if that makes sense). It did work for 3/4 of the season but the wheel came of with that dopey irish lump of lard and not enough passion and several injuries to carry through. We also had some rubbish in Colbeck and that useless right back from Carlisle - cant even remember the clowns name! Casper going wasnt too soon, poor, poor coach that took a couple of our promising youth team players backwards, and Wetherall is correct choice. Bradford youth system still need to learn from the likes of M'boro and West Ham in their approach and care. Its not finding players but bringing them on that counts. I have seen a great right back in the reserves and decent midfielder in first few reserve games, nuture them City, please, then you will not need to spend. sharky

11:47pm Thu 17 Sep 09

Bradford1903 says...

I'm not disputing the fact that the likes of Lee, McLaren etc weren't decent players for this level. The question that should be asked is why couldn't we bring out the best in them?

The early indications this season are of a reversal of that trend, and Stuart starting to get the best out of his players.
I'm not disputing the fact that the likes of Lee, McLaren etc weren't decent players for this level. The question that should be asked is why couldn't we bring out the best in them? The early indications this season are of a reversal of that trend, and Stuart starting to get the best out of his players. Bradford1903

11:54pm Thu 17 Sep 09

Bradford1903 says...

sharky wrote:
Comments abover are correct. Furman and Law were great laon signings and players on the up, the others we can forget although the intention of the signings were correct (if that makes sense). It did work for 3/4 of the season but the wheel came of with that dopey irish lump of lard and not enough passion and several injuries to carry through. We also had some rubbish in Colbeck and that useless right back from Carlisle - cant even remember the clowns name! Casper going wasnt too soon, poor, poor coach that took a couple of our promising youth team players backwards, and Wetherall is correct choice. Bradford youth system still need to learn from the likes of M'boro and West Ham in their approach and care. Its not finding players but bringing them on that counts. I have seen a great right back in the reserves and decent midfielder in first few reserve games, nuture them City, please, then you will not need to spend.
I don't know how you can apportion much blame on Arnison.

He played second fiddle to Moncur and Rehman for most of the season, despite looking more comfortable there, and being treated pretty shabbily by the club.
[quote][p][bold]sharky[/bold] wrote: Comments abover are correct. Furman and Law were great laon signings and players on the up, the others we can forget although the intention of the signings were correct (if that makes sense). It did work for 3/4 of the season but the wheel came of with that dopey irish lump of lard and not enough passion and several injuries to carry through. We also had some rubbish in Colbeck and that useless right back from Carlisle - cant even remember the clowns name! Casper going wasnt too soon, poor, poor coach that took a couple of our promising youth team players backwards, and Wetherall is correct choice. Bradford youth system still need to learn from the likes of M'boro and West Ham in their approach and care. Its not finding players but bringing them on that counts. I have seen a great right back in the reserves and decent midfielder in first few reserve games, nuture them City, please, then you will not need to spend.[/p][/quote]I don't know how you can apportion much blame on Arnison. He played second fiddle to Moncur and Rehman for most of the season, despite looking more comfortable there, and being treated pretty shabbily by the club. Bradford1903

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