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Bradford City sack Stuart McCall after six straight defeats

Bradford have sacked manager Stuart McCall following a run of six successive defeats.

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The 53-year-old was in his second spell at Valley Parade and guided the club to last season's League One play-off final, losing 1-0 to Millwall at Wembley.

The Bantams are again on course for another top-six finish, with Saturday's 2-1 loss at struggling Oldham leaving them sixth despite their recent wretched run.

Having gone unbeaten at home all last season, the Bantams have struggled on their own patch this term, losing eight times - the joint-worst in the division.

Bradford play rock-bottom Bury at Valley Parade on Saturday.

"Bradford City can confirm that the club has terminated the contract of manager Stuart McCall.

"This decision has not been taken lightly, and this is a sad day for everyone involved.

"We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Stuart, who joined the club at a difficult time and restored the fans' belief when the odds were much against us.

"Unfortunately, we have now suffered six straight defeats and the last two fixtures in particular have not brought about the positive change in performances or results that we all hoped for.

"We believe that our current squad is capable of performing to a much higher standard than we have seen recently. We must all accept responsibility for the recent poor run of form, including our players who now have the opportunity to put it right. "As such, we believe that a change is in the best interests of the club at this time in order to give us the best chance of finishing the season strongly. "Finally, everyone at Bradford City would like to thank Stuart McCall for giving us all some wonderful memories. In two spells as a player and two as a manager he has always given his absolute commitment to our club.

"Stuart is a City legend and always will be. He will, of course, always be welcome back at Valley Parade."

– Bradford City club statement