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Saturday, 8 July, 2000, 13:54 GMT
McCall cracks whip
Stuart McCall will take the hard line at Bradford City
Stuart McCall will take the hard line at Bradford City
New Bradford City assistant manager Stuart McCall has revealed he will crack the whip if players step out of line next season.

McCall was favourite to take over following Paul Jewell's resignation as manager - but Chris Hutchings was handed the job.

He had reservations about taking the post as right hand man, but talks with Valley Parade's senior professionals convinced him.

McCall admits: "I never expected in my wildest dreams that what did happen at Bradford while I was away on holiday could have happened.

"When I eventually spoke to Chris and the chairman and they told me they wanted me to come on board as number two, I said I'd have to think about it and would discuss it when I got back.

Chairman Geoffrey Richmond wanted McCall on board
Chairman Geoffrey Richmond wanted McCall on board
"Even when I was on holiday and I was thinking about it, I wasn't one hundred per cent about taking the job when I returned.

"It's a big step when you come out of the dressing room. I enjoy being in the dressing room - it's the biggest part of being a footballer, with the banter you have.

"When you go in the coaching room, you're isolating yourself, so I spoke to a couple of the other experienced lads and they thought it would be good for me to take the job on.

"I wanted to make sure that in their eyes I hadn't gone over to the other side.

"Since coming back, I've made it clear to the players that I don't want to be seen as being on one side of the fence and them on the other.

Personal view

"But they know with myself, on a personal point of view, that if they give their best then there won't be any problems.

"But if they start messing about then there comes a time when you will have to get serious.

McCall's first taste of being on the other side starts with the return tie of the Intertoto Cup second-round clash against Lithuanian minnows FK Atlantas.

And new boss Hutchings will have a virtual full strength squad to choose from after last week's 3-1 first leg win.

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