Who are the leading contenders for the Bradford City head coach vacancy?

A few weeks since Simon Grayson’s departure, League One side Bradford City are on the lookout a manager who can lead them towards the Championship Let’s take a look at who the Bantams might opt for.

Grant McCann:

The former Peterborough boss can be found as bookies favourites for the post at odds of 2/1 and is a logical option for the job. With a known emphasis on attacking football, similar to that style made so popular under Stuart McCall, and a decent win percentage at League One level, this gives McCann an edge some other candidates. In addition, McCann has openly expressed his interest in the post which will appeal the Edin Rahic and the supporters. A solid, but unspectacular appointment were it to happen.

Mark Warburton:

Sacked on New Years Eve by Nottingham Forest, it comes as no surprise to see Warburton linked with a number of jobs. A spell at Brentford where promotion was won out of League One demonstrates his proven track record and a successful stint as Rangers followed that, leading him to a job at Forest back in the Championship. It comes as no surprise to learn that Warburton still fancies himself as a Championship manager and a drop down to Bradford in the division below isn’t his first choice and so this is probably why he can be found at longer odds than McCann. Would be an exciting, ambitious appointment but unlikely to happen in my opinion.

David Hopkin:

The 47-year-old is currently the head coach of Scottish side Livingston where he  has won back to back promotions to take them back to the Premiership. Livingston has been his only job in management and whether he is willing to test himself in England or have a crack at Scotland’s top-tier is yet unknown. It is hard to imagine supporters would be inspired by Hopkin’s appointment but with Sunderland taking a punt on Jack Ross, Bantams owner Rahic may follow suit. With Shrewsbury and Carlisle also rumoured to be interested I can’t see this one happening myself.

Steve Cotterill:

Last time out in League One his Bristol City team took the division by storm, actually sealing promotion with a 6 -0 win at Valley Parade but a very unsuccessful spell at Birmingham City last season has somewhat ruined his reputation. An outsider shot of getting a job and one that fans probably wouldn’t know what to make of, Cotterill would arguably be the manager met with the least fanfare out of the four that have been mentioned. Cotterill and Bradford just don’t seem to suit and it would be an example of the managerial merry-go-round in full swing if an agreement was to be made. Not the man for the job.

Outsiders:

Next in the odds come Paul Heckingbottom, who I who would say is unlikely to leave Leeds regardless of what the Elland Road faithful would like, and Uwe Rosler who despite his German links has openly stated he has no interest in the job. Gary Megson is a name that has been mentioned, but that rumour has since died down much to the joy of Bradford fans. There are odds available for a number of candidates who have never actually managed before such as Craig Bellamy, Paul Scholes and ‘one of the greatest minds in football’ Sol Campbell. Other unlikely names are Patrick Kluivert and rumoured to be next Swansea City manager Graham Potter.

Verdict:

Personally, I would like to see Sol Campbell given an opportunity but very much suspect it will be Grant McCann. A manager who fits the philosophies of the club and overall a logical appointment should it happen.

Bradford fans, who would you like to see take the hot seat? Tell us by commenting below, or tweeting us @AllOutFootball_ with the hashtag #AOF!

About the Author

Simon Bullock
16 year old aspiring sports journalist from Bradford. Supporter of Hull City and Guiseley. Also a fan of darts and pro wrestling.