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25 June 2016

Club News


25 June 2016

City joint-chairman Edin Rahic has confirmed that the club plan to back manager Stuart McCall in the transfer market this summer. 

Rahic says that he and fellow new owner Stefan Rupp are ready to give McCall the necessary tools to build a competitive squad at Valley Parade this coming season, including paying transfer fees for players if required.

McCall has returned for a fourth spell with his beloved Bantams after he was announced as City’s new boss on Monday.

Rahic and Rupp have assured fans that new faces will arrive in the coming weeks but urged them to show patience with the new campaign still six weeks away.

City have also had to deal with the fact that last season ended two weeks later due to the play offs and the upheaval of a managerial change.

The new owners completed their takeover last month and have spent this week identifying targets with McCall and his assistant Kenny Black.

Rahic said: “We are here to stay and are looking to invest on and off the pitch.

“It has been far from a smooth takeover with Phil (Parkinson) leaving, which is not what we wanted, but we are going to back Stuart in the transfer market in order to give him the best possible chance to succeed.

“It has been a really exciting week working with Stuart, Kenny and James (Mason), and we would urge patience from fans because what we won't do is buy players simply because they are available.

“We will sign a mix of good, established professionals coupled with some exciting young talent in the game.

“This means that if the right talent becomes available to fit Stuart's profile and our philosophy as a club, we will not only look to sign them, but at the right price we will be looking to buy them.

“We are already in negotiations with a number of high-level targets who are very familiar to Bradford City fans and some of whom fit what we are trying to achieve.

“Either way, this is a very exciting time for the club and we would urge fans to back us and believe in what we're doing but also understand we will not rush into anything either. They must be that right players.

“Trust us and trust Stuart". 

City finished fifth to reach the League One Play-Offs last season, and McCall revealed during Tuesday’s press conference to unveil him as manager that the club were keen to continue that recent momentum.

Rahic added: “We will carry on as Bradford City have done with signing good out-of-contract players and using the loan system to get excellent value.

“But perhaps what we are able to do what the club haven't been able to do in recent years is buy players who will only benefit the club in the mid and long term.

“This has to be our message because we need the fans to know we are here for the long haul.

"We want to meet fans and allow them to get to know us because we are two guys who are open and honest.

“However, the first few weeks of our tenure are focused predominantly on working with Stuart and building a squad ready for the new season. With the season ticket deadline approaching, we urge supporters to now back what we are trying to achieve.”

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