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Tuesday, 6 August, 2002, 12:51 GMT 13:51 UK
Wetherall urges caution
Bradford City's David Wetherall
Wetherall looking forward to a fresh start

David Wetherall has urged other clubs to learn from Bradford City's mistakes that almost saw the Bantams go bust.

The future of First Division Bradford was secured last week after creditors voted to accept a rescue package to save the club which is 33m in debt.

But the 32-year-old defender admitted the last few months at the club had taken their toll on the players, who have not been paid since the end of April.

"It has been (an) extremely difficult (time)," Wetherall told BBC Radio Five Live.

"We knew at the start of May that the club was not in the best financial health.

"But I don't think anybody expected virtually all the players to get sacked and have their contracts terminated.


I hope other clubs will learn to cut their cloth accordingly
David Wetherall

"It has been a struggle. We haven't been paid since the end of April.

"The whole future of the club has been in doubt. Nobody wants the club to go under.

"It's been an extremely stressful time, not just for the players but for the fans and everybody who cares about and has an affinity for Bradford City.

"I just hope other clubs will learn the lessons of Bradford and in the future they will learn to and will have to cut their cloth accordingly.

"I hope they will not stretch themselves as much as Bradford and other clubs have done in the past."

Wetherall believes Bradford's pre-season preparations have been affected by the financial uncertainty.

But he is confident the players can put the whole episode behind them and enjoy a good Division One campaign.

"We have come in as normal for pre-season and got on as best we can," he added.

"Our preparation has been hindered somewhat. We had to cancel a pre-season tour to Scotland and one to Germany too.

"We have not had enough games against top quality opposition.

"But in terms of team spirit, I don't think it has done us any harm and it will have pulled us all together.

"The fact that we are here and have survived the summer will have given everyone a big boost that we can get off to a flyer and go on from there."

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