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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 15:15 GMT
McCall's days numbered
All signs are pointing to Stuart McCall's eventual exit from Bradford City
The signs are pointing one way for McCall
Bradford City captain Stuart McCall's days at Valley Parade could be numbered.

McCall claimed it would be "highly unllikely" he would be picked by manager Jim Jefferies in the near future.

The former Everton and Scotland midfielder was shocked at being left out of the Bradford squad for the trip to Manchester City

He revealed he had been told before the game that his "legs have gone."

McCall said: "It was really difficult to sit and watch from afar as it's the first time in 20 years I've not been included in a squad when fully fit.


When Billy Brown read the squad of 20 names out after training on Friday, I was left totally numb
Steve McCall

"Even when I've been injured or suspended I've always travelled with the lads and enjoyed being there to cheer them on.

"When Billy Brown read the squad of 20 names out after training on Friday, I was left totally numb with my omission."

Speaking on his personal website, www.maccas.co.uk, McCall added: "When it boils down to it regarding team selection, there is only one man's opinion that counts.

"That obviously and quite rightly being the manager's.


I wasn't going to go with someone I thought might struggle with the pace of the game
Jim Jefferies

"When you are told on the training pitch in front of other players that your legs have gone and you can no longer cover the ground, then I would find it highly unlikely to be selected in the squad for this week's trip to Coventry.

"Or probably for any match in the coming future."

Jefferies explained he left McCall out of the squad to face City for "football reasons."

The Bantams' boss said: "Stuart had a bug and missed some training. I thought he was due a rest anyway.

"I wasn't going to go with someone I thought might struggle with the pace of the game."

See also:

17 Dec 01 |  Bradford City
Jefferies denies McCall rift
16 Dec 01 |  Eng Div 1
City comeback floors Bradford
13 Dec 01 |  Eng Div 1
Richmond fans Phoenix plan
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