EDIN Rahic has this afternoon denied that he tried to stopped Sky using Stuart McCall as a summariser at Valley Parade tonight.

The former City manager will return to the club for the first time since his sacking as a TV pundit for the Shrewsbury game.

The Telegraph & Argus understands the owners have not been keen on McCall working for the broadcaster at the ground tonight.

But chairman Edin Rahic claims the only conversation he had with Sky about him was based on safety grounds and where the Bantams legend would be situated.

Speaking from Germany, Rahic said: “It’s Sky’s decision which guests they have. We’ve not been asked but I appreciate it’s their job to make the game as interesting as possible.

“I’ve no problem with Stuart but the question we had was from the safety point of view.

“Where is Stuart going to be placed? Is he in the office, on the pitch or in the gantry? The club have the right to ask this and we still don’t know yet.

“We do not want to affront Simon (Grayson). If Stuart is next to the dug-out, is that the right position for such a game?

“We have to ask Sky every time where the guests are placed in the ground. It’s normal.

“When we heard it was Stuart, we have to think where makes sense.

“We appreciate that it is on TV and hopefully we can turn around the current situation.

“We have other issues – like how to win the game. We have to bring back the desire of the players.

“The focus should be on supporting them not on Stuart or anything else. It is obvious they are in a hole.

“The players need us now and we have to have everyone behind them.”