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McCall threatens to quit Bradford

Stuart McCall
McCall has been in charge at Valley Parade since May 2007

Stuart McCall says he will quit his post as Bradford manager if they fail to reach the League Two play-offs.

The City boss made his outburst after a fifth consecutive away defeat, 4-1 at Bournemouth, that leaves the Bantams outside the play-off places.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "If we are not in the play-offs at the end of the season, I will not be here.

"Nobody is hurting more than me but it's as simple as that, if we miss out I don't deserve to be here."

McCall, who only agreed a new two-year deal at Valley Parade last month, accused his side of "criminal" defending at Dean Court and admitted he was a worried man as the Bantams' promotion challenge threatens to come off the rails.

"It's my team that's out there - I tried to build it and we've had three really poor results," said McCall, whose side have eight games left to play.

"I'll look at my own position come the end of these eight games and if we're not in the play-offs then I won't be here.

"It's as simple as that because I can't go through that again - you say people are hurting but there's nobody hurting more than me so it's doing me no good."

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Peter Scrivener

City remained eighth in the League Two table after the defeat, below seventh-placed Shrewsbury on goal difference and five points adrift of an automatic promotion spot.

And McCall has demanded that his players bounce back against Port Vale on Saturday.

"We play Vale at home and then go to Chester, they are both must-win games," he added.



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