Peter Taylor is urging his City bosses to make his position clear publicly and end the rumours.

Some national reports claimed Taylor would have been sacked if the Bantams had lost at Barnet.

And the City chief feels the silence from the club’s hierarchy is not helping his attempts to dismiss the speculation and move on.

“I don’t think it’s very healthy,” said Taylor. “To me, the football club should cut it off.

“There were quite a few different press there on Saturday that wouldn’t normally cover us. I know there weren’t many games on but they were all there for that one reason.

“You can imagine me being interested in loan players and the players wondering about whether it would be a good thing to come here. They are reading that the manager could be gone after the next game and that’s not going to encourage them to sign.

“I just know what I would do if it was my football club in this situation. I’d come out and say whether it was true or untrue.

“There was a bit in one paper on Sunday saying that I begged for my job last week. That’s just not right.

“I don’t know where it came from and I don’t think it’s good for anyone when you see something like that. I would love the club to come out and say what they think.”

Taylor rubbished talk of a rift with joint-chairman Mark Lawn earlier in the season but he clearly wants to know where he stands in the board’s long-term thinking in light of the recent unsubstantiated stories.

Despite James Hanson’s return to fitness, he will continue the on-going search for another loan striker.

City were rumoured to be one of four clubs in the division turned down by Crewe’s Calvin Zola last week. The Congolese frontman is reluctant to go on loan because of family commitments.

Crewe boss Dario Gradi said: “There are a few clubs wanting Calvin and I’ve said ‘yes’ to them all, but he keeps saying ‘no’.”

Taylor still hopes to have a fresh face on board for next Saturday’s home clash with Cheltenham.

He added: “We will see if we can have any success this week. We are still trying.

“Just because of one result, it doesn’t suddenly mean we don’t need any new people.

“I’ve gone public to say maybe up front we could have done better, not just with goal-scoring but keeping hold of the ball.

“We’ve worked extremely hard on that and I thought there were better signs on Saturday. If you get better possession, hopefully we will create a few more chances.

“The plus for me has been Luke Oliver who has done a marvellous job up there and I hope our supporters can see that.”

City reserves are at home tonight against Barnsley.