McCall thanks Evans for saving his job

City's jubilant assistant manager Wayne Jacobs hugs Stuart McCall after Gareth Evans' injury-time winner

City's jubilant assistant manager Wayne Jacobs hugs Stuart McCall after Gareth Evans' injury-time winner

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Relieved Stuart McCall dodged a bullet and then urged City to use Saturday’s smash-and-grab win at Torquay as a turning point.

The board were ready to pull the trigger on McCall’s reign if the Bantams failed to take three points from the Devon strugglers.

But two late goals from Gareth Evans – the second in stoppage time – saw City steal their first victory since early December.

McCall admitted his side, who were outplayed for most of the game, had ridden their luck but deserved the break.

He said: “It’s not before time because we’ve come away from so many games this season when we’ve not got what we deserved.

“The longer you go on a run that we’ve been having, naturally the confidence and sparkle isn’t going to be there.

“We just needed something to give us that bit of belief because it’s such a big part of football.

“You saw the dressing room afterwards and would think we’d won the cup. Everyone was so pleased for myself and for each other.

“It’s only three points but it could be the most important three points of the season for what it does to the belief of the players and supporters.”

Evans, who had not scored since November, said the players were desperate to ease the heat on McCall.

The striker added: “The gaffer’s been fantastic to me since I joined the club and I’ll do anything in my power to keep him in a job.

“Hopefully those two goals have helped him and we can get rid of all the demons now and make something of our season.”

McCall knows he is still under pressure but has vowed to keep on fighting. He said: “I’ll always do what’s best for the club. We needed to win and if we hadn’t done, who knows what might have happened.

“But I still believe that if we get all the players back and the confidence levels rise, things will run for us.

“There are still another 20 games to go and who knows what lies ahead. I’ve seen teams go on great runs from nowhere.

“We’ve got to take all the confidence out of this and hopefully come out next Saturday against Bury in front of a believing crowd.”

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7:39am Mon 1 Feb 10

J4CKO says...

Yes, relief all round, good luck Stuart, you and the team deserved some good fortune on Saturday. I don't think you are out of the woods yet but it's something to build on and its important now to win against Bury and then who knows.
Yes, relief all round, good luck Stuart, you and the team deserved some good fortune on Saturday. I don't think you are out of the woods yet but it's something to build on and its important now to win against Bury and then who knows. J4CKO
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8:03am Mon 1 Feb 10

tyker says...

A win is a win and it's three points and it matters not how it was achieved.

One away win at a lowly team does NOT make a season.

let us hope that " the rub of the green" stays with us.
A win is a win and it's three points and it matters not how it was achieved. One away win at a lowly team does NOT make a season. let us hope that " the rub of the green" stays with us. tyker
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8:03am Mon 1 Feb 10

kazza4city says...

Yes, great result, about time we had a bit of luck! Really pleased for Stuart and the lads and especially Gareth Evans, he needed those goals. A special bit of thanks must go to the fantastic travelling support on Saturday. UP THE BANTAMS!!!
Yes, great result, about time we had a bit of luck! Really pleased for Stuart and the lads and especially Gareth Evans, he needed those goals. A special bit of thanks must go to the fantastic travelling support on Saturday. UP THE BANTAMS!!! kazza4city
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8:44am Mon 1 Feb 10

Meat Pie says...

About time we had a bit if luck.
If it means so much to the players that McCall stays (the fans have already shown what McCall means to them!) then the players really ought to start rolling their sleeves up and playing like they mean it and backing their manager with their behaviour on the pitch.
I truly hope that this is a turning point but it is all down to what those players produce on that pitch.
About time we had a bit if luck. If it means so much to the players that McCall stays (the fans have already shown what McCall means to them!) then the players really ought to start rolling their sleeves up and playing like they mean it and backing their manager with their behaviour on the pitch. I truly hope that this is a turning point but it is all down to what those players produce on that pitch. Meat Pie
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10:08am Mon 1 Feb 10

thecitygent says...

From the match report: 'No chants for McCall’s head; no obvious jeers when City were so poor for so long. Just proper support, in the true meaning of the word. ' Standing aside from the debate over whether SMcC should be sacked or otherwise the fact is that he remains a iconic figure capable of inspiring support. For that reason alone there is a very strong argument that he should be given the support necessary to achieve and to remain as a figurehead at the club. If that means strengthening the back room staff then so be it. BCFC would be worse off without him in the wider sense.
From the match report: 'No chants for McCall’s head; no obvious jeers when City were so poor for so long. Just proper support, in the true meaning of the word. ' Standing aside from the debate over whether SMcC should be sacked or otherwise the fact is that he remains a iconic figure capable of inspiring support. For that reason alone there is a very strong argument that he should be given the support necessary to achieve and to remain as a figurehead at the club. If that means strengthening the back room staff then so be it. BCFC would be worse off without him in the wider sense. thecitygent
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10:26am Mon 1 Feb 10

gspot says...

lets all hope for better fortune from now....hopefully evans will have a srping in his step now especially with Thorne pushing him now.
lets all hope for better fortune from now....hopefully evans will have a srping in his step now especially with Thorne pushing him now. gspot
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10:47am Mon 1 Feb 10

tjm5 says...

Well played lads, poor for the most part, but this could be just the tonic. One win doesn't mask over all the problems in the squad particularly in defence which was on show again on Sat. However there is a lot to be said for confidence and I truly hope this will give the players a spur. Keep working on that defence Stuart and we could have a strong finish.
Well played lads, poor for the most part, but this could be just the tonic. One win doesn't mask over all the problems in the squad particularly in defence which was on show again on Sat. However there is a lot to be said for confidence and I truly hope this will give the players a spur. Keep working on that defence Stuart and we could have a strong finish. tjm5
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10:47am Mon 1 Feb 10

farsleyct says...

Lets not get carried away, we were expected to beat Torquay. We are still going to struggle, why can't we get an experienced on loan?

Its also interesting to see, even though Grimsby lost again this weekend, we are expected to finish below them come the end of the season.
Lets not get carried away, we were expected to beat Torquay. We are still going to struggle, why can't we get an experienced on loan? Its also interesting to see, even though Grimsby lost again this weekend, we are expected to finish below them come the end of the season. farsleyct
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10:49am Mon 1 Feb 10

farsleyct says...

farsleyct wrote:
Lets not get carried away, we were expected to beat Torquay. We are still going to struggle, why can't we get an experienced on loan? Its also interesting to see, even though Grimsby lost again this weekend, we are expected to finish below them come the end of the season.
experinced, sorry centre back on loan?
[quote][p][bold]farsleyct[/bold] wrote: Lets not get carried away, we were expected to beat Torquay. We are still going to struggle, why can't we get an experienced on loan? Its also interesting to see, even though Grimsby lost again this weekend, we are expected to finish below them come the end of the season.[/p][/quote]experinced, sorry centre back on loan? farsleyct
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10:53am Mon 1 Feb 10

Ms Doubtfire says...

Farsleyct, where do you get your so-called predictions from?
Checked betfiar again this morning and grimsby still second favourites to go down. As they were last week.
And Grimsby didn't lose, they drew 1-1 and missed a pen.
Facts, eh. Get in the way of everything
Farsleyct, where do you get your so-called predictions from? Checked betfiar again this morning and grimsby still second favourites to go down. As they were last week. And Grimsby didn't lose, they drew 1-1 and missed a pen. Facts, eh. Get in the way of everything Ms Doubtfire
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11:01am Mon 1 Feb 10

farsleyct says...

Ms Doubtfire wrote:
Farsleyct, where do you get your so-called predictions from? Checked betfiar again this morning and grimsby still second favourites to go down. As they were last week. And Grimsby didn't lose, they drew 1-1 and missed a pen. Facts, eh. Get in the way of everything
Sorry my mistake, I meant didn't win.

However I can state in most bookies, we are second fav to go down. Darlington are first.

I'm hoping we don't.
[quote][p][bold]Ms Doubtfire[/bold] wrote: Farsleyct, where do you get your so-called predictions from? Checked betfiar again this morning and grimsby still second favourites to go down. As they were last week. And Grimsby didn't lose, they drew 1-1 and missed a pen. Facts, eh. Get in the way of everything[/p][/quote]Sorry my mistake, I meant didn't win. However I can state in most bookies, we are second fav to go down. Darlington are first. I'm hoping we don't. farsleyct
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11:09am Mon 1 Feb 10

Ms Doubtfire says...

which bookies is that? I'll get down there and put my house on City staying up then ....
which bookies is that? I'll get down there and put my house on City staying up then .... Ms Doubtfire
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11:13am Mon 1 Feb 10

shaun from richmond says...

WE ALL KNOW McCALL IS NO COACH!!
However I was truelly chuffed for the bloke on Saturday!
If it is true that the Players and Coaches alike read the T/A message board........then can I just say................
FOR GOODNESS SAKE McCALL GET WETHERALL TO WORK WITH THE LIVING DEAD 3 (Williams, Clarke, Rehman) ALL WEEK. If we could make these 3 just average players, we would improve our results......FACT!!
Get Jacobs to look after the reserves.......it will give him something to do!!
WE ALL KNOW McCALL IS NO COACH!! However I was truelly chuffed for the bloke on Saturday! If it is true that the Players and Coaches alike read the T/A message board........then can I just say................ FOR GOODNESS SAKE McCALL GET WETHERALL TO WORK WITH THE LIVING DEAD 3 (Williams, Clarke, Rehman) ALL WEEK. If we could make these 3 just average players, we would improve our results......FACT!! Get Jacobs to look after the reserves.......it will give him something to do!! shaun from richmond
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11:33am Mon 1 Feb 10

nowt fresh says...

The next BIG test is Saturday against Bury no good winning at Torquay and the slipping up at home (which we have done on several occasions) believe in your team Stuart and dont worry about the opposition.
The next BIG test is Saturday against Bury no good winning at Torquay and the slipping up at home (which we have done on several occasions) believe in your team Stuart and dont worry about the opposition. nowt fresh
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11:39am Mon 1 Feb 10

tyker says...

just a thought: do city players get ALL Monday's off?## just commnenting as most premiership and championship teams all seem to be in training today judged by skysports transfer reports!!perhaps city players should be in on Monday so they can go over events the previous Saturday and iron out quickly the problems etc which have arisen.
just a thought: do city players get ALL Monday's off?## just commnenting as most premiership and championship teams all seem to be in training today judged by skysports transfer reports!!perhaps city players should be in on Monday so they can go over events the previous Saturday and iron out quickly the problems etc which have arisen. tyker
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11:45am Mon 1 Feb 10

macca1969 says...

tyker wrote:
just a thought: do city players get ALL Monday's off?## just commnenting as most premiership and championship teams all seem to be in training today judged by skysports transfer reports!!perhaps city players should be in on Monday so they can go over events the previous Saturday and iron out quickly the problems etc which have arisen.
Do you know as a fact they don't go in on Monday.
[quote][p][bold]tyker[/bold] wrote: just a thought: do city players get ALL Monday's off?## just commnenting as most premiership and championship teams all seem to be in training today judged by skysports transfer reports!!perhaps city players should be in on Monday so they can go over events the previous Saturday and iron out quickly the problems etc which have arisen.[/p][/quote]Do you know as a fact they don't go in on Monday. macca1969
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11:48am Mon 1 Feb 10

macca1969 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
WE ALL KNOW McCALL IS NO COACH!! However I was truelly chuffed for the bloke on Saturday! If it is true that the Players and Coaches alike read the T/A message board........then can I just say................ FOR GOODNESS SAKE McCALL GET WETHERALL TO WORK WITH THE LIVING DEAD 3 (Williams, Clarke, Rehman) ALL WEEK. If we could make these 3 just average players, we would improve our results......FACT!! Get Jacobs to look after the reserves.......it will give him something to do!!
Its nice to see you looking at alternatives to just sacking McCall, stay positive Shaun it might work and just for the record i agree that wethers or someone should be working with the defence well said again
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: WE ALL KNOW McCALL IS NO COACH!! However I was truelly chuffed for the bloke on Saturday! If it is true that the Players and Coaches alike read the T/A message board........then can I just say................ FOR GOODNESS SAKE McCALL GET WETHERALL TO WORK WITH THE LIVING DEAD 3 (Williams, Clarke, Rehman) ALL WEEK. If we could make these 3 just average players, we would improve our results......FACT!! Get Jacobs to look after the reserves.......it will give him something to do!![/p][/quote]Its nice to see you looking at alternatives to just sacking McCall, stay positive Shaun it might work and just for the record i agree that wethers or someone should be working with the defence well said again macca1969
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12:23pm Mon 1 Feb 10

tjm5 says...

I agree the defence needs to worked on deseperately. If we could just shut the door in matches then at least we would have a better chance or drawing some of these defeats. I think the comedy trio should just have defence drilled in to it, and then when they get sick of hearing the word defence (even though thats how their identified) we drill them with defence again.
I agree the defence needs to worked on deseperately. If we could just shut the door in matches then at least we would have a better chance or drawing some of these defeats. I think the comedy trio should just have defence drilled in to it, and then when they get sick of hearing the word defence (even though thats how their identified) we drill them with defence again. tjm5
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12:28pm Mon 1 Feb 10

BradfordBoy-Heaton says...

As stated by mccall " There are still another 20 games to go and who knows what lies ahead" YES WITH YOU STILL IN CHARGE RELEGATION IS AHEAD. Cant see us beating bury on sat, the players cant perform at home in front of a decent crowd, If we lose on sat hope mccall is FIRED....
As stated by mccall " There are still another 20 games to go and who knows what lies ahead" YES WITH YOU STILL IN CHARGE RELEGATION IS AHEAD. Cant see us beating bury on sat, the players cant perform at home in front of a decent crowd, If we lose on sat hope mccall is FIRED.... BradfordBoy-Heaton
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12:39pm Mon 1 Feb 10

Jobe's Comforter says...

just been on the club website and it says "Sale Bantams Player £17.99"
Which one? or is that for a job lot :)
just been on the club website and it says "Sale Bantams Player £17.99" Which one? or is that for a job lot :) Jobe's Comforter
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12:46pm Mon 1 Feb 10

fatbloke says...

To the best of my knowledge the only day they get off is a wednesday on a noraml week when playing Saturday and the following Saturday...
To the best of my knowledge the only day they get off is a wednesday on a noraml week when playing Saturday and the following Saturday... fatbloke
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1:08pm Mon 1 Feb 10

pudsey.bantam says...

I was realy pleased that we picked up 3 points at Torquay on Saturday ,but I must say, after watching the Match Vidio just now,on BBC Sports Football on my Laptop, I must say we did ride our luck,as we could easy have been three goals down,with that defence of our's.....I have often said on my post's that our defence should have been rectified earlier....we have leaked goals, as though we have not a clue ( which is true ) which shows the result of the coaching, from our two DEFENDERS ON THE COACHING STAFF, IMO these are the TWO who should be kicked out ,and REPLACED with TWO MORE backroom STAFF with more experience, to help S Mc get out of this position we are in.
I was realy pleased that we picked up 3 points at Torquay on Saturday ,but I must say, after watching the Match Vidio just now,on BBC Sports Football on my Laptop, I must say we did ride our luck,as we could easy have been three goals down,with that defence of our's.....I have often said on my post's that our defence should have been rectified earlier....we have leaked goals, as though we have not a clue ( which is true ) which shows the result of the coaching, from our two DEFENDERS ON THE COACHING STAFF, IMO these are the TWO who should be kicked out ,and REPLACED with TWO MORE backroom STAFF with more experience, to help S Mc get out of this position we are in. pudsey.bantam
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1:27pm Mon 1 Feb 10

BCFCBoothy says...

pudsey.bantam wrote:
I was realy pleased that we picked up 3 points at Torquay on Saturday ,but I must say, after watching the Match Vidio just now,on BBC Sports Football on my Laptop, I must say we did ride our luck,as we could easy have been three goals down,with that defence of our's.....I have often said on my post's that our defence should have been rectified earlier....we have leaked goals, as though we have not a clue ( which is true ) which shows the result of the coaching, from our two DEFENDERS ON THE COACHING STAFF, IMO these are the TWO who should be kicked out ,and REPLACED with TWO MORE backroom STAFF with more experience, to help S Mc get out of this position we are in.
Well said - I completely agree with you, however from what I have noticed in this game is many managers take their own backroom staff with them to new jobs and clubs etc, perhaps Stu likes and rates these guys so much that he will want to take them with for the rest of his career - I hope for Stu's sake he doesn't!

I think it is time that Stu makes some harsh decisions where those two are concerned, get rid of them before its too late, as the board won't sack them and bring in help for you Stu, they'll just sack you first.

Looks like after 2.5 seasons Stu is getting tough with the players, subbing at half time etc, that ruthless streak needs to continue and grow.

CTID
[quote][p][bold]pudsey.bantam[/bold] wrote: I was realy pleased that we picked up 3 points at Torquay on Saturday ,but I must say, after watching the Match Vidio just now,on BBC Sports Football on my Laptop, I must say we did ride our luck,as we could easy have been three goals down,with that defence of our's.....I have often said on my post's that our defence should have been rectified earlier....we have leaked goals, as though we have not a clue ( which is true ) which shows the result of the coaching, from our two DEFENDERS ON THE COACHING STAFF, IMO these are the TWO who should be kicked out ,and REPLACED with TWO MORE backroom STAFF with more experience, to help S Mc get out of this position we are in.[/p][/quote]Well said - I completely agree with you, however from what I have noticed in this game is many managers take their own backroom staff with them to new jobs and clubs etc, perhaps Stu likes and rates these guys so much that he will want to take them with for the rest of his career - I hope for Stu's sake he doesn't! I think it is time that Stu makes some harsh decisions where those two are concerned, get rid of them before its too late, as the board won't sack them and bring in help for you Stu, they'll just sack you first. Looks like after 2.5 seasons Stu is getting tough with the players, subbing at half time etc, that ruthless streak needs to continue and grow. CTID BCFCBoothy
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1:30pm Mon 1 Feb 10

fatbloke says...

Moving on from my comment yesterday, I think McGod must be looking at 10 points from next 15.
Grimsby, Darlington @ home 6 points
Bury (h) & Accrington (a) 4 points.
Anything from Rochdale Bonus!!
Come on you Bantams..
This is not to gain promotion/play offs, just to show progress and now we have that 1st IMPORTANT win we must progress from here (slowly).
Following that we have 3 away games with no obvious points!!!
Moving on from my comment yesterday, I think McGod must be looking at 10 points from next 15. Grimsby, Darlington @ home 6 points Bury (h) & Accrington (a) 4 points. Anything from Rochdale Bonus!! Come on you Bantams.. This is not to gain promotion/play offs, just to show progress and now we have that 1st IMPORTANT win we must progress from here (slowly). Following that we have 3 away games with no obvious points!!! fatbloke
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1:56pm Mon 1 Feb 10

CheltCityFan says...

It was good to get three points on Saturday, especially after such a poor performance. After so many games when we should have got points, but didn't, whether because of individual errors or bad decisions, it's good to get some luck at last. I was surprised that there were still so many negative comments on this board, even though one result doesn't paper over previous failings. Having said that, this next comment may come across as negative, but it's not intended to! When I looked at the team sheet on Saturday, I wondered where any goals were going to come from - just playing Boulding (not the tallest) up front to try and get the long punts! And the team was totally without balance again. The reason I would put on this is, perhaps, a fear of losing and the need to play so many across the middle to protect a poor defence. And what a poor defence it is - it's like a wet tissue (and not one of those good ones that soak up more without breaking!), with a lack of any steel, missed tackles, poor positioning and balls given away for fun - although it's no fun watching! Torquay looked liked Brazil and it was our luck on the day that they couldn't take their chances. Now on to what is intended as constructive criticism. In most of the seasons I have watched City over nearly 50 years, the team has always been better attacking than defending. I'm not saying we should forget about defending - the defence certainly needs a lot of help in training, and we need to learn about defending as a team, not just looking at the back line - but why don't we just play a more attacking line-up and let the opposition worry about us for a change? I believe we have the players to do this but we're not going to succeed with one small player up front and a midfield with no balance and no sign of what their roles are, and often bypassed by long hoofs out of defence. Once again, fantastic support on Saturday - if only we could get things better on the pitch.
It was good to get three points on Saturday, especially after such a poor performance. After so many games when we should have got points, but didn't, whether because of individual errors or bad decisions, it's good to get some luck at last. I was surprised that there were still so many negative comments on this board, even though one result doesn't paper over previous failings. Having said that, this next comment may come across as negative, but it's not intended to! When I looked at the team sheet on Saturday, I wondered where any goals were going to come from - just playing Boulding (not the tallest) up front to try and get the long punts! And the team was totally without balance again. The reason I would put on this is, perhaps, a fear of losing and the need to play so many across the middle to protect a poor defence. And what a poor defence it is - it's like a wet tissue (and not one of those good ones that soak up more without breaking!), with a lack of any steel, missed tackles, poor positioning and balls given away for fun - although it's no fun watching! Torquay looked liked Brazil and it was our luck on the day that they couldn't take their chances. Now on to what is intended as constructive criticism. In most of the seasons I have watched City over nearly 50 years, the team has always been better attacking than defending. I'm not saying we should forget about defending - the defence certainly needs a lot of help in training, and we need to learn about defending as a team, not just looking at the back line - but why don't we just play a more attacking line-up and let the opposition worry about us for a change? I believe we have the players to do this but we're not going to succeed with one small player up front and a midfield with no balance and no sign of what their roles are, and often bypassed by long hoofs out of defence. Once again, fantastic support on Saturday - if only we could get things better on the pitch. CheltCityFan
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6:07pm Mon 1 Feb 10

Farsley XI says...

I thought our fans moaned!!!, went for the option of standing along the side of the pitch at Torquay, they moaned at everything, even though they got a lot of the decisions. IMO the game changed when Thorne came on, this type of player is what’s been missing, Hanson is the next best thing, but he hasn’t got the experience and presence which worries defenders. We did play much better against Lincoln, but a wins a win doesn’t matter how you get one. Hopefully Thorne can keep fit enough to play the rest of the season, I would play him from the start, try and get a lead unlike our normal game in which we have to concede and chase the game. Good support from the City fans, wish I had known Shaun was down, we could have had a beer in the Hole In The Wall.
I thought our fans moaned!!!, went for the option of standing along the side of the pitch at Torquay, they moaned at everything, even though they got a lot of the decisions. IMO the game changed when Thorne came on, this type of player is what’s been missing, Hanson is the next best thing, but he hasn’t got the experience and presence which worries defenders. We did play much better against Lincoln, but a wins a win doesn’t matter how you get one. Hopefully Thorne can keep fit enough to play the rest of the season, I would play him from the start, try and get a lead unlike our normal game in which we have to concede and chase the game. Good support from the City fans, wish I had known Shaun was down, we could have had a beer in the Hole In The Wall. Farsley XI
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6:22pm Mon 1 Feb 10

gspot says...

is it true that City are 2nd faves to go down??
if so someone say which bookies cos i'll have a big slice on that not happening.
surely cant be true
is it true that City are 2nd faves to go down?? if so someone say which bookies cos i'll have a big slice on that not happening. surely cant be true gspot
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7:17pm Mon 1 Feb 10

BillyxBantams says...

I agree with one of the posters above, Peter Thorne is a key element to Bradford City progressing in the next 10 games! Thorne is a League 2 Shearer, we all know if he could stay fit he'd get 20+ goals a season, but even if he only plays every other game the guy can only help!

Start with Hanson/Thorne (PT isn't gonna win many long balls, which we love to fire up to nobody) and when he gets tired after like 60 mins bring on Evo or Boulders, who will run their backsides off for the last 30 mins! Got to be Omar & Neilson on the wings, lets stick to 442, eh? We absoltely ripped teams apart last season with 442 and COLBECK on the wings, who is complete dogger!

Not expecting 3 points against Bury, but a hard-fought draw would go a long way to showing we aren't as bad as our league position shows. Also, as posted before...lets have Wethers working with the CB's non-stop till the end of the season - make him earn his money or sack him!
CTID!
I agree with one of the posters above, Peter Thorne is a key element to Bradford City progressing in the next 10 games! Thorne is a League 2 Shearer, we all know if he could stay fit he'd get 20+ goals a season, but even if he only plays every other game the guy can only help! Start with Hanson/Thorne (PT isn't gonna win many long balls, which we love to fire up to nobody) and when he gets tired after like 60 mins bring on Evo or Boulders, who will run their backsides off for the last 30 mins! Got to be Omar & Neilson on the wings, lets stick to 442, eh? We absoltely ripped teams apart last season with 442 and COLBECK on the wings, who is complete dogger! Not expecting 3 points against Bury, but a hard-fought draw would go a long way to showing we aren't as bad as our league position shows. Also, as posted before...lets have Wethers working with the CB's non-stop till the end of the season - make him earn his money or sack him! CTID! BillyxBantams
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7:42pm Mon 1 Feb 10

BD16 says...

Before anybody starts moaning at me, accusing me of being disloyal or anything else can I just say that I am a big supporter of Stuart McCall. But right now I feel that his time at Valley Parade is limited and heres why.
Either he genuinely believes that the centre halves we have are good enough, which obviously they are not or the board have lost faith and see another loan signing as throwing good money after bad and would rather preserve a budget for a new manager and the close season. Can anybody else think of a reason for our not signing a player that we so badly need if we are to have any hope of a shot of the play offs?
Sorry if I seem negative after we have won away from home but a win against the run of play does not make us promotion contenders.
Before anybody starts moaning at me, accusing me of being disloyal or anything else can I just say that I am a big supporter of Stuart McCall. But right now I feel that his time at Valley Parade is limited and heres why. Either he genuinely believes that the centre halves we have are good enough, which obviously they are not or the board have lost faith and see another loan signing as throwing good money after bad and would rather preserve a budget for a new manager and the close season. Can anybody else think of a reason for our not signing a player that we so badly need if we are to have any hope of a shot of the play offs? Sorry if I seem negative after we have won away from home but a win against the run of play does not make us promotion contenders. BD16
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8:15pm Mon 1 Feb 10

no glory following city says...

I would just like to say that the board ought to back Stuart or sack him. Rather than the silence that is leaving him to hang out to dry.

How can you choose whether to sack him or not on 1 result? (Torquay)
Is Stuart 1 defeat from the sack? If so, they might aswell sack him now. Even Manutd and Chelsea will lose again this season.

The deadline day inactivity makes me think Stuart isnt getting backed. So if they have lost faith in their manager, why wait for the next defeat?

In my opinion, if the board arent going to sack Stuart, they should let him get on with his job and tell the fans that Stuarts job is safe until the summer.
I would just like to say that the board ought to back Stuart or sack him. Rather than the silence that is leaving him to hang out to dry. How can you choose whether to sack him or not on 1 result? (Torquay) Is Stuart 1 defeat from the sack? If so, they might aswell sack him now. Even Manutd and Chelsea will lose again this season. The deadline day inactivity makes me think Stuart isnt getting backed. So if they have lost faith in their manager, why wait for the next defeat? In my opinion, if the board arent going to sack Stuart, they should let him get on with his job and tell the fans that Stuarts job is safe until the summer. no glory following city
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9:00pm Mon 1 Feb 10

macca1969 says...

no glory following city wrote:
I would just like to say that the board ought to back Stuart or sack him. Rather than the silence that is leaving him to hang out to dry. How can you choose whether to sack him or not on 1 result? (Torquay) Is Stuart 1 defeat from the sack? If so, they might aswell sack him now. Even Manutd and Chelsea will lose again this season. The deadline day inactivity makes me think Stuart isnt getting backed. So if they have lost faith in their manager, why wait for the next defeat? In my opinion, if the board arent going to sack Stuart, they should let him get on with his job and tell the fans that Stuarts job is safe until the summer.
Spot on i've mentioned something along that line already. Although i'd prefer themto come out and back him. I don't think its a disaster not signing today becaus i do believe the loan market remains open for a bit longer although i'm not sure
[quote][p][bold]no glory following city[/bold] wrote: I would just like to say that the board ought to back Stuart or sack him. Rather than the silence that is leaving him to hang out to dry. How can you choose whether to sack him or not on 1 result? (Torquay) Is Stuart 1 defeat from the sack? If so, they might aswell sack him now. Even Manutd and Chelsea will lose again this season. The deadline day inactivity makes me think Stuart isnt getting backed. So if they have lost faith in their manager, why wait for the next defeat? In my opinion, if the board arent going to sack Stuart, they should let him get on with his job and tell the fans that Stuarts job is safe until the summer.[/p][/quote]Spot on i've mentioned something along that line already. Although i'd prefer themto come out and back him. I don't think its a disaster not signing today becaus i do believe the loan market remains open for a bit longer although i'm not sure macca1969
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9:34pm Mon 1 Feb 10

BillyxBantams says...

Think the loan market opens in a couple of days and then shuts end of March? Its usually the case that players dont come readily available for loan until after the transfer window closes, as most people up for loan may be subject to a fee paying transfer.

If McCall has the funds and the backing of the board, he should go out and get a decent, commanding CB as soon as humanly possible! Rehman is great for the PR in the community angle, and Williams is learning (less said about Clarke the better), so this is the primary area in the team for strengthening!

Come on SMc, show everyone you know what you're doing and either sort them out, or get rid of them!
Think the loan market opens in a couple of days and then shuts end of March? Its usually the case that players dont come readily available for loan until after the transfer window closes, as most people up for loan may be subject to a fee paying transfer. If McCall has the funds and the backing of the board, he should go out and get a decent, commanding CB as soon as humanly possible! Rehman is great for the PR in the community angle, and Williams is learning (less said about Clarke the better), so this is the primary area in the team for strengthening! Come on SMc, show everyone you know what you're doing and either sort them out, or get rid of them! BillyxBantams
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11:03am Tue 2 Feb 10

KnightMcCall says...

BillyxBantams wrote:
Think the loan market opens in a couple of days and then shuts end of March? Its usually the case that players dont come readily available for loan until after the transfer window closes, as most people up for loan may be subject to a fee paying transfer. If McCall has the funds and the backing of the board, he should go out and get a decent, commanding CB as soon as humanly possible! Rehman is great for the PR in the community angle, and Williams is learning (less said about Clarke the better), so this is the primary area in the team for strengthening! Come on SMc, show everyone you know what you're doing and either sort them out, or get rid of them!
It's always possible that McCall was hoping to loan Clarke, Rehman or Williams out himself so that he could bring in a replacement with the savings made on salary.

It's also fair to say that when City were attacking at Torquay (just the last 15 minutes) that the defense were under much less pressure. Perhaps an attacking line up is the best way to shore up the defense. Let's face it, Rehman has had some good games and I believe he is a good player; Williams has shown lots of promise and even Clarke can have good games. However, if we play long balls from the back then we are not in control of possession and the ball just keeps coming back. It's too random - 4-4-2 from the beginning and lets go for it!
[quote][p][bold]BillyxBantams[/bold] wrote: Think the loan market opens in a couple of days and then shuts end of March? Its usually the case that players dont come readily available for loan until after the transfer window closes, as most people up for loan may be subject to a fee paying transfer. If McCall has the funds and the backing of the board, he should go out and get a decent, commanding CB as soon as humanly possible! Rehman is great for the PR in the community angle, and Williams is learning (less said about Clarke the better), so this is the primary area in the team for strengthening! Come on SMc, show everyone you know what you're doing and either sort them out, or get rid of them![/p][/quote]It's always possible that McCall was hoping to loan Clarke, Rehman or Williams out himself so that he could bring in a replacement with the savings made on salary. It's also fair to say that when City were attacking at Torquay (just the last 15 minutes) that the defense were under much less pressure. Perhaps an attacking line up is the best way to shore up the defense. Let's face it, Rehman has had some good games and I believe he is a good player; Williams has shown lots of promise and even Clarke can have good games. However, if we play long balls from the back then we are not in control of possession and the ball just keeps coming back. It's too random - 4-4-2 from the beginning and lets go for it! KnightMcCall
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7:01am Thu 4 Feb 10

t'old man says...

yes a wins a win and the 3 points are much needed but it still doesn't mean everythings now o.k and SM is suddenly manager of the year ...the problems are still there ...
yes a wins a win and the 3 points are much needed but it still doesn't mean everythings now o.k and SM is suddenly manager of the year ...the problems are still there ... t'old man
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