McCall admits next four games have ‘big significance’ for him and the club

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stuart McCall is fully aware that football is a results-driven business and that his job could be on the line if the current slide continues Stuart McCall is fully aware that football is a results-driven business and that his job could be on the line if the current slide continues

Stuart McCall today pledged to fight his way out of City’s current rut but admitted: I’m not blind to the consequences if I don’t.

The Valley Parade chief has challenged his faltering side to win at least three of the next four games, starting at Lincoln this afternoon.

McCall is also well aware that the spotlight is on him – and he will carry the can if the Bantams continue to slide. But he has no intention of slinking away.

In a candid interview, he underlined his backing for the players and stressed his determination to see the job through.

McCall revealed: “If I was a quitter I would have gone in the summer. I’m going to fight because I still believe there’s enough in that dressing room.

“I’ve got to lead from the front and I’m not frightened of doing that.

“I don’t feel under any more pressure than I put on myself already. I know what’s needed.

“That’s the big significance of these next four games because I know there are opportunities for us.

“If we can take them and maximise the points we can get, then it could look a lot healthier. Likewise it might look bad and things might need to be done – I’m not blind to that fact.

“But I’m not here to feel sorry for myself whatever. It’s not about me.

“I’ll keep doing what I’ve always done from day one, working as hard and as diligently as I can to try to get the best out of the players.”

McCall’s confidence in the squad has not dipped despite losing five of the last seven games – and he dismisses any suggestions of “losing the dressing room”.

He said: “I’ve been at clubs where you hear that players aren’t playing for the manager. There’s been no indication whatsoever that’s been the case here. Morale is obviously not as it would be if we were winning games but the spirit and belief is still there.

“I spoke to Mark (Lawn) and Julian (Rhodes) about the way things have gone and I know we need to pick up results quickly.

“I didn’t sleep the other night after the Bury game and my guts were churning. I know at the moment we’re not getting what we deserve. That goes for all of us – supporters, the board and the players.

“Ultimately it’s down to me to get results and I’ve not been getting those results. That’s what I’m working hard to do.”

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7:32am Sat 23 Jan 10

bradfordmark says...

There we have it. He refuses to quit, so what is there left to do. Best to just get behind the team as much as possible until events take their natural course. Its s**t or bust time and SMc and hopefully the players realize this more than anybody. for SMc sake and the sake of the club, i hope we can get a win today. Cmon boys, give us something to smile about.
There we have it. He refuses to quit, so what is there left to do. Best to just get behind the team as much as possible until events take their natural course. Its s**t or bust time and SMc and hopefully the players realize this more than anybody. for SMc sake and the sake of the club, i hope we can get a win today. Cmon boys, give us something to smile about. bradfordmark
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7:53am Sat 23 Jan 10

y25ajb says...

Well said! I have been moaning a lot about Stuart McCall this season, but whats happened has happened, so lets get behind the team and stop whinging and lets see where it gets us come the end of the season!

City til i die!
Well said! I have been moaning a lot about Stuart McCall this season, but whats happened has happened, so lets get behind the team and stop whinging and lets see where it gets us come the end of the season! City til i die! y25ajb
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9:44am Sat 23 Jan 10

kazza4city says...

Come on city! !!! Its about time that the players started getting some wins for us. I know the buck stops with the manager but really and truthfully its the players on the pitch that have to perform. Just setting off for Lincoln now...UP THE BANTAMS!!!!!
Come on city! !!! Its about time that the players started getting some wins for us. I know the buck stops with the manager but really and truthfully its the players on the pitch that have to perform. Just setting off for Lincoln now...UP THE BANTAMS!!!!! kazza4city
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10:29am Sat 23 Jan 10

BigWookie says...

I feel sorry for him, I know he wants to succeed so much, but doubt he has what it takes, its unfortunate, he is right to say we need a lot out of the next 4 games, 6 points bare minimum.
I feel sorry for him, I know he wants to succeed so much, but doubt he has what it takes, its unfortunate, he is right to say we need a lot out of the next 4 games, 6 points bare minimum. BigWookie
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11:30am Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Re: kazza4city Grimsby at 9-44 am sat.

You are a true City fan to travel to Lincoln,with the team results not in our favour.....I too ,used to travel to all away matches before age caught up with me....I too ,would like to see Mc C pull us through this crisis,but IMO ,he does need more experienced assistants than he has at present moment,to help
and advise him when things go wrong,and change things round.....I do hope you have a nice day at Lincoln and come back smiling with three points...CTID.
Re: kazza4city Grimsby at 9-44 am sat. You are a true City fan to travel to Lincoln,with the team results not in our favour.....I too ,used to travel to all away matches before age caught up with me....I too ,would like to see Mc C pull us through this crisis,but IMO ,he does need more experienced assistants than he has at present moment,to help and advise him when things go wrong,and change things round.....I do hope you have a nice day at Lincoln and come back smiling with three points...CTID. pudsey.bantam
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11:55am Sat 23 Jan 10

KnightMcCall says...

pudsey.bantam wrote:
Re: kazza4city Grimsby at 9-44 am sat. You are a true City fan to travel to Lincoln,with the team results not in our favour.....I too ,used to travel to all away matches before age caught up with me....I too ,would like to see Mc C pull us through this crisis,but IMO ,he does need more experienced assistants than he has at present moment,to help and advise him when things go wrong,and change things round.....I do hope you have a nice day at Lincoln and come back smiling with three points...CTID.
I chuckled when i read that. Five hours to get to Lincoln?

There's still plenty of time for you to get going too Pudsey; go on you know you want to. It's better than listening to the radio, watching teletext or getting no coverage on TV because they've gone live to the game to hear about a Premier League player changing their bootlaces. CTID
[quote][p][bold]pudsey.bantam[/bold] wrote: Re: kazza4city Grimsby at 9-44 am sat. You are a true City fan to travel to Lincoln,with the team results not in our favour.....I too ,used to travel to all away matches before age caught up with me....I too ,would like to see Mc C pull us through this crisis,but IMO ,he does need more experienced assistants than he has at present moment,to help and advise him when things go wrong,and change things round.....I do hope you have a nice day at Lincoln and come back smiling with three points...CTID.[/p][/quote]I chuckled when i read that. Five hours to get to Lincoln? There's still plenty of time for you to get going too Pudsey; go on you know you want to. It's better than listening to the radio, watching teletext or getting no coverage on TV because they've gone live to the game to hear about a Premier League player changing their bootlaces. CTID KnightMcCall
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12:21pm Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Re: KazzaMcCall.


I am a season ticket holder,and go to home matches,and as you can appreciate at 86yrs of age, itbecomes rather to much for me nowto travel to away matches....although I do follow it on the radio and watch the goals on my Lap Top on BBC Football the following day....Keep The faith.
Re: KazzaMcCall. I am a season ticket holder,and go to home matches,and as you can appreciate at 86yrs of age, itbecomes rather to much for me nowto travel to away matches....although I do follow it on the radio and watch the goals on my Lap Top on BBC Football the following day....Keep The faith. pudsey.bantam
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12:23pm Sat 23 Jan 10

KnightMcCall says...

pudsey.bantam wrote:
Re: KazzaMcCall. I am a season ticket holder,and go to home matches,and as you can appreciate at 86yrs of age, itbecomes rather to much for me nowto travel to away matches....although I do follow it on the radio and watch the goals on my Lap Top on BBC Football the following day....Keep The faith.
Hey, if you can handle a laptop then age is clearly no barrier.

Nah, I hope I've still got your faith when I get to 86 - we need more like you. Hope your laptop brings you good news!! I'll sing for you.
[quote][p][bold]pudsey.bantam[/bold] wrote: Re: KazzaMcCall. I am a season ticket holder,and go to home matches,and as you can appreciate at 86yrs of age, itbecomes rather to much for me nowto travel to away matches....although I do follow it on the radio and watch the goals on my Lap Top on BBC Football the following day....Keep The faith.[/p][/quote]Hey, if you can handle a laptop then age is clearly no barrier. Nah, I hope I've still got your faith when I get to 86 - we need more like you. Hope your laptop brings you good news!! I'll sing for you. KnightMcCall
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12:49pm Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Re:KnightMcCall


I am a season ticket holder and attend all home matches...yes I would love to go to Lincoln,but as you will appreciate at 86yrs of age, it becomes rather to much for me.....I do listen to all away matches on the wireless ,even though it drives me crazy at times.....I then watch the goals the following day on my Lap Top ,on BBC Football so I do alright..no grumbles...Keep The Faith.
Re:KnightMcCall I am a season ticket holder and attend all home matches...yes I would love to go to Lincoln,but as you will appreciate at 86yrs of age, it becomes rather to much for me.....I do listen to all away matches on the wireless ,even though it drives me crazy at times.....I then watch the goals the following day on my Lap Top ,on BBC Football so I do alright..no grumbles...Keep The Faith. pudsey.bantam
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12:57pm Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Age must be getting the better of me putting a post in twice....the reason being ,they said I had put a wrong security word in ......anyway you can read it twice LOL.
Age must be getting the better of me putting a post in twice....the reason being ,they said I had put a wrong security word in ......anyway you can read it twice LOL. pudsey.bantam
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1:06pm Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Re: KnightMcCAll


I am now going to watch Chelsea and Preston on my 42" TV so I will ring off for now ....Have a Nice Day K.M
Re: KnightMcCAll I am now going to watch Chelsea and Preston on my 42" TV so I will ring off for now ....Have a Nice Day K.M pudsey.bantam
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2:02pm Sat 23 Jan 10

Fancydan says...

McCall: I am no quitter.

Me: You're no manager neither.
McCall: I am no quitter. Me: You're no manager neither. Fancydan
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2:06pm Sat 23 Jan 10

shoesman1 says...

come on city i hope we cane get a win today and start wining again there is still plenty of games to be played yet but will have to start wining again soon to do that come on lads
come on city i hope we cane get a win today and start wining again there is still plenty of games to be played yet but will have to start wining again soon to do that come on lads shoesman1
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3:48pm Sat 23 Jan 10

city for ever says...

2-0 down.we can not carry on like this.As a city fan Stuart, you now have to start thinking of doing whats best for the club.The season could be over by the end of january
2-0 down.we can not carry on like this.As a city fan Stuart, you now have to start thinking of doing whats best for the club.The season could be over by the end of january city for ever
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3:50pm Sat 23 Jan 10

thebrownsauceman says...

bye bye stuart now requires 3 wins in a row of course stuart u will have yo be the massire to get out of this 1
bye bye stuart now requires 3 wins in a row of course stuart u will have yo be the massire to get out of this 1 thebrownsauceman
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4:12pm Sat 23 Jan 10

pudsey.bantam says...

Half time.........LINCOLN 2..CITY 0 ......what now ???????? ....I am completely GUTTED, where do we go from here ???? please don't tell me......I think I know ( but hopefully not )
Half time.........LINCOLN 2..CITY 0 ......what now ???????? ....I am completely GUTTED, where do we go from here ???? please don't tell me......I think I know ( but hopefully not ) pudsey.bantam
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5:21pm Sat 23 Jan 10

nowt fresh says...

"I’ll keep doing what I’ve always done from day one", you've said it all there Stuart you can't see the wood for the tree's sorry lad it's time to go don't lose your dignity by getting the sack.
"I’ll keep doing what I’ve always done from day one", you've said it all there Stuart you can't see the wood for the tree's sorry lad it's time to go don't lose your dignity by getting the sack. nowt fresh
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6:51pm Sat 23 Jan 10

cheelvis says...

Please please please go while we still havwe a chance of staying in league football
Please please please go while we still havwe a chance of staying in league football cheelvis
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