THE BANTAMS are not looking to draft in a new assistant to boss Gary Bowyer.

Andy Todd, who arrived at Valley Parade as Bowyer's right-hand man when he joined in March, left the club after their final game against AFC Wimbledon in May.

Anton McElhone, who was also on the coaching staff, departed in April, having joined as previous boss David Hopkin's No 2. McElhone has since linked up with Hopkin again at Scottish Championship outfit Morton.

Bowyer confirmed due to City's budget restraints following relegation Todd and McElhone will not be replaced.

He said: "We have to cut our cloth accordingly following relegation. I fully understand that. At this stage we are going with what we have got."

Assistant coach Martin Drury, who stepped up to the role last season when Michael Collins was appointed at the helm, remains on board along with performance coach Ben Nicholson.

And the club are seeking to replace goalkeeping coach Maik Taylor, who joined League Two rivals Walsall last week.

The new-look Bantams squad - already bolstered by eight new signings - will be back for pre-season training at Apperley Bridge on Monday as they prepare for their return to League Two on Saturday, August 3.

The fixtures will be released this morning at 9am.

And Bowyer can't wait to get going and put last season in the past.

He said: "All of our pre-season games have been taken care of. We are back in on June 24. We have a good programme in place.

"It's exciting. Last season is done, it's gone. It's finished."

City will warm-up for their big kick-off in League Two with seven pre-season friendlies.

These open up at Vanarama National League North side Guiseley on Saturday, July 6. The most glamorous of the fixtures will be the Bantams hosting Champions League winners Liverpool on Sunday, July 14, in aid of the Darby Rimmer Foundation.

Their pre-season programme also includes fixtures against district sides Eccleshill United and Bradford (Park Avenue).

* Don't miss City's fixtures release on the T&A website at 9am today