Managerless Bradford City have released a statement in response to a Daily Mail article published yesterday.
The Mail’s Matt Barlow claimed the club were back at square one in their hunt for a new head coach after more than a month looking for a replacement for Simon Grayson.
The article claimed the Bantams pursuit for a new head coach “was in turmoil with candidates rejecting the job amid concerns about the attempts of chairman Edin Rahic to control player recruitment”.
The report suggested numerous interviews had been conducted before a change of strategy was employed by divisive Bradford co-owner Edin Rahic, who has swerved back towards interest in experienced managers.
A move for young Chelsea coach Joe Edwards was apparently rejected by the Premier League team and Mark Warburton and Paul Heckingbottom are believed to have turned down overtures to work under Rahic.
And the League One side have now published a statement calling out the Mail and revealing their “disappointment.”
We would, of course, welcome @Matt_Barlow_DM to get in touch with us, in order to provide validity to his account.
— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) June 8, 2018
Rahic, who claimed Bradford were candidates for automatic promotion in League One in January, sacked Stuart McCall in early February with the club in the top six.
The Yorkshire club said the decision to terminate McCall’s contract had “not been taken lightly” and went on to appoint ex-Leeds boss Grayson on a contract to the end of the season.
McCall, who was promised January funds for team strengthening if they were challenging for promotion, and the club attempted to block him from returning to Valley Parade as a Sky pundit with “safety” cited as a reason for Bradford’s concern, according to Rahic.
Grayson went on to win just three games from 14 and Bradford finished in mid-table and despite the offer of a long-term contract on the table from City, the 48-year-old refused the offer.
Despite the uncertainty of Grayson’s position over the last few months, Bradford appear not to have a definitive plan in place and await a new man to work under the guidance of Rahic and his co-owner, fellow German Stefan Rupp.