On March 4th Bradford City appointed Gary Bowyer as their new manager, on an initial agreement until the end of the season. The 47-year-old took the place of David Hopkin, who stood down as Bantams boss in February.
The new man is stepping into a difficult situation at Valley Parade, as Bradford are currently mired in the League One relegation zone. However, Bowyer faced tough tests in the past during his time in charge of Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, and clearly believes he has what it takes to guide the club out of trouble.
As quoted by the official Bradford website, Bowyer said: “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe I could keep this club in League One.”
There’s still hope for Bradford. They’ve not been cut completely adrift from safety and survival remains a genuine possibility, especially considering they have 11 league games left to play. However, performances have been incredibly lacklustre recently and they are without a win in their last eight outings.
Bowyer certainly needs to inject some cohesion and confidence into the squad. If he does keep them up then he will certainly deserve to have his stay at Valley Parade extended beyond the end of the current campaign.