5 Potential Replacements for the Bradford City Head Coach Role

After just six games in charge, Bradford City have announced the sacking of head coach Michael Collins. Collins was appointed in the summer but has failed to live up to expectations of the Valley Parade hierarchy in both results and performances.

The club have however announced that a new head coach will be revealed tomorrow and will meet with the media on Thursday alongside the chairman. Here are 5 potential candidates.

Greg Abbott- In what would an underwhelming appointment yet again, City could opt to promote from within and give Greg Abbott another shot in a management role. Abbott’s previous managerial experiences include a five-year stint at Carlisle and caretaker role at City earlier this year. Being that he is already at the set up at the club, he will be fully aware of what is expected of the club and the chairman, but his appointment would do little to raise morale.

Ben Garner- The former assistant coach of West Bromwich Albion is a man that City were interested in during the summer. It was reported that Garner underwent weeks of interviews and negotiations with the club, before opting not to take up the role. He would offer experience of coaching at the highest level of the game, being the first team coach of Premier League Crystal Palace from 2012-2015. He then took up the same role at fellow top-flight club West Brom, before being promoted to assistant manager, where he took charge of the clubs Checkatrade Trophy and pre-season matches. He left the role in December of 2017.

Gary Bowyer- Bowyer is no stranger to working under difficult ownership. He managed previously at Blackburn Rovers before his sacking in 2015, and oversaw Blackpool’s immediate return to League One, beating Exeter City 2-1 at Wembley in the League Two Playoff Final. This wealth of experience under particular circumstances is something that makes him just right for the fit at Bradford. Bowyer has been out of a job since resigning as Blackpool boss 1 game into the current season.

Paul Heckingbottom- Heckingbottom is a name familiar to the City faithful, with the former left back playing under Stuart McCall’s first managerial spell at the club during the 2007/2008 season. Heckingbottom found success in management at Barnsley, guiding them to the EFL trophy final, and promotion to the Championship in the same season. He found little success at fellow Yorkshire side Leeds United however, being sacked after just four months in the role. Heckingbottom would be someone who offers recent promotional experience from the division and could be the man to turn City’ season around, like he did with Barnsley when they were promoted.

Edin Rahic– Edin Rahic is a man who everyone at Bradford City takes very seriously. He is a man with a powerful presence and is respected universally for his astounding football knowledge. Who better than the chairman himself to be able to steer the ship to safety and help City rise back up the leagues, the proper, German way. Don’t like it? You know where the door is.


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