When Gary Bowyer was appointed Bradford City manager in early March, he will have been fully aware of the scale of the challenge he was taking on at Valley Parade.
The Bantams are in trouble. The club are currently fighting for their lives in League One. However, the 47-year-old former Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers coach has already had a positive impact.
Bradford captured a much-needed three points in Bowyer’s first game in charge against Peterborough. Whilst they lost to league-leaders Luton Town last time out, there were still plenty of positives for the Yorkshire club to take from their performance.
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The manager already looks to have inspired a lift in confidence and application amongst the ranks and has given his verdict on the squad’s attitude.
In his recent press conference, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account, he said: “If you had been in the dressing room, after the game on Tuesday [Luton], you would have seen the frustration from the players. They were gutted to have not taken anything from it. They are desperate to make a success of the remaining games.”
He continued: “You can see the fight and pride in the players’ performances. You only have to look how Luton reacted after the final whistle. They knew how much of a tough game they had been in. I have laid it on the line to them. We fight for everything now.”
GB – on ‘Attitude’ (cont…) | “You can see the fight and pride in the players’ performances. You only have to look how Luton reacted after the final whistle. They knew how much of a tough game they had been in. I have laid it on the line to them. We fight for everything now.”
— Bradford City (@officialbantams) 14 March 2019
The fact that Bowyer says his side fight for everything ‘now’ suggests that they perhaps weren’t quite so tenacious or committed prior to his arrival – which Bradford’s performances this season would back up.
It is clear that the 47-year-old has revitalised the group and is already seeing the benefits. Some optimism has been restored at Valley Parade. The Bantams still have a big job to do but they’re now heading in the right direction.