DONCASTER boss Grant McCann has labelled City’s sacking of Michael Collins a “disgrace”.

McCann, who took the job at Rovers in the summer, was understood to have been keen on the Valley Parade hot-seat.

And he has criticised the Bantams hierarchy for axing Collins just a month into the season.

McCann said: “I thought it was a disgrace the manager left so early after they had entrusted him with the job.

“That is modern-day owners for you but that’s another story.”

Rovers have started confidently under McCann’s attacking mantra. They won 4-1 at Walsall last week after previously taking points off the top two, Portsmouth and Peterborough.

But he is expecting a tough challenge from David Hopkin’s side.

He added: “The new manager has come in and he's going to want to stamp his authority on it.

“He's had two games and seeing those games, they've played well.

“They're probably unlucky to have not taken more points from those games.

“They've got good attacking players in the front three. David Ball, who I know from Peterborough, Jack Payne is a very good player who was part of a promotion-winning team at Blackburn last year and Eoin Doyle, who scored a lot of goals in League One last year.

“They're no mugs. They've got firepower and we just have to make sure we're strong defensively like we have been in the last few games.

“Bradford are a big club, they've got good players. They've been backed this year.

“The manager was backed early on, even though he was sacked after six games which was ridiculous.

“But they have recruited quite well. Once they click they will be a decent team in this league.”

McCann is expected to stick with the side that won so handsomely at Walsall last week.

Former Stuart McCall target Ali Crawford has an outside chance of returning to the squad. He has been sidelined with a knee injury since the opening day.