Wayne Jacobs has been flagged up as a City manager of the future – by the man who currently has the job.

Jacobs and Junior Lewis last week signed new one-year deals as part of Peter Taylor’s coaching team.

Some fans thought that Valley Parade stalwart Jacobs’ days would be numbered once Stuart McCall left the club.

But Taylor made it clear from the start that he valued the knowledge of the City number two. And now he has backed him to potentially take on the hot-seat himself.

“I’ve no doubt that Wayne is a very good man for the football club,” said Taylor. “It wouldn’t surprise me if one day he might be the manager here.

“Wayne is a good coach, very organised and I think he has done extremely well.”

Jacobs was in temporary charge for one game – a goalless home draw with Grimsby – before Taylor was appointed as McCall’s successor. He was among the candidates short-listed for the post.

In his interview, Taylor stressed that he saw Jacobs as an important part of his own management system because of his long-term connection with City.

The Bantams boss has been delighted with the way that McCall’s former assistant has operated alongside Lewis, his loyal lieutenant who has followed Taylor to eight different clubs.

Taylor added: “They both work very well together. They both have good values for the football club.

“The most pleasing thing about it is that Wayne and Junior get on exceptionally well, which is so important.

“I knew Junior could be and would be good here. He knows how I like to work and he can mark people’s cards about me.

“They make a good team and I know the players appreciate what they do.”

Taylor is also feeling the benefits of having an extra pair of hands on the training pitch.

After the wage cuts 12 months ago, McCall lost David Wetherall to the youth role, which left him a man down on the coaching side.

Taylor said: “Sometimes you can have too many players training. When it is close to the game you don’t want to work with everyone.

"Wayne and I can get to work with the starting 11 on specialist areas for that game, rather than with 18 or 22 players, while Junior takes the reserves.”