Peter Taylor is not having any second thoughts about taking on the City job, admitting the “buzz” is as strong as ever.

Taylor’s long-term future is expected to be settled early next week ahead of the final home game against Northamp-ton.

But as he prepares the Bantams for tomorrow’s trip to Chesterfield, Taylor dismisses any suggestion that he might be in two minds about taking on the job full-time.

He said: “Far from it; definitely not. I’ve already said to the staff many moons ago that I’ve got the Bradford bug, and I have.

“We’ve been training on the pitch in the last few days and I keep looking at the stadium and it goes back miles. I can just imagine having a decent team here, winning some matches and being close to the top of the table and filling the stadium – it gives me a real buzz.”

City’s board feel they have kept their half of the bargain over Taylor’s wish for better facilities. The new training base at Weetwood has been agreed for next season and five tenders are on the table for replacing the Valley Parade pitch in the summer.

A player budget has also been settled as they wait for the manager to sign a full-time deal. Taylor said: “I don’t think it’s too far away. There are a couple of things we’re talking about but they are not problems.

“It’s not to do with my contract but the things I feel are very important for us to prepare right.”

City’s preparations for their last-ever trip to Saltergate have been boosted by the return of Omar Daley and Matt Clarke from injuries. But top scorer James Hanson will be held back another week.

Taylor added: “He’s desperate to play but the last thing we want to do is go and rip a hamstring again, knowing we’ve got the break coming up.

“I want the players who are coming back here next year to be fit when they leave the club for their summer holidays and be raring to go in July.

“We’d like to finish off strong and we’ve certainly missed James for his presence up front. But it would be the wrong thing for me to take any chances with him.”

Chesterfield have wobbled badly in recent weeks to drop just below the top seven and the pressure is mounting on John Sheridan’s side. They have won only once in nine games.

Taylor, who took Wycombe up a year ago, said: “I’ve been there before and they’ve got to have level heads and calm bodies around them. They are in the situation where the result is more important for them than us at the minute.

“But we want to finish as high as we can and I think there’s one more catchable team. Sixty-one points is a possibility but more importantly I’m looking for three really good performances.

“Our run-in is really good because we’re playing teams you’ve got to be at least as good as for next season.

“Chesterfield and Northampton are in the play-off zone and we want to be showing we are better than them.”

Like predecessor Stuart McCall, Taylor is a fan of Chesterfield striker Jack Lester and rates him as one of the best in the division.

“I think he’s a very clever player turning on the edge of the box and he scores lots of goals. He’s just had a few injuries in the last couple of seasons which have kept him out.

“But touch wood, it’s been quite a good ground for me and I’d like that to carry on.

“It’s a winning business we’re in and the boys have seemed a lot happier and more comfortable with themselves.”