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Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 15:46 GMT
Evans favourite for Bradford post
Stuart McCall, Joe Cole and Dan Petrescu
McCall (l) in action for Bradford against West Ham
Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has emerged as the favourite to take over the vacant manager's post at Bradford after Stuart McCall counted himself out of the running.

McCall, who is currently caretaker boss, says he wants to continue playing for as long as possible.

Bantams chairman Geoffrey Richmond will now step up his search for a new manager, and Evans is believed to be his first-choice.

Richmond said he fully understood McCall's decision not to be considered for the post that became available when Chris Hutchings was sacked.

Shouldering burden

"I am grateful to Stuart for shouldering, in the interim period, the extra burden of caretaker manager," he said.

"I am quite sure that in future years he will become a manager and show exactly the same dedication and commitment he has shown as a professional footballer."

Richmond wants McCall to become assistant manager when a new boss is eventually appointed.


I do not believe I can do the manager's position justice while I am still playing at Premiership level
  Stuart McCall
In the meantime, McCall, a former Scottish international, will take caretaker charge, with Neville Southall acting as his assistant.

McCall said: "While I feel I am having a positive influence on the park, I believe this is the best way I can assist Bradford.

"I do not believe I can do the manager's position justice while I am still playing at Premiership level.

"As manager there is much more pressure and responsibility which I believe would affect my contribution at this time on the field.

McCall concluded that in time he would like the challenge of managing a side.

"The time will come when I hang up my boots and my ambition in the future is to become a manager should the opportunity arise."

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