It may well only be five games into the season; however Bradford City manager Peter Taylor is already feeling the heat from Bantams fans, and has reportedly now fallen out with the board.
Taylor’s side have won just one game in League Two this season, losing four of their five league encounters, and last Saturday’s defeat at Valley Parade was met by a strong chorus of boos from the home support, targeted at Taylor and his summer signing Tommy Doherty in particular, after his misplaced pass set up Port Vale’s second goal against the Bantams. Taylor hit out at the Bradford support who booed his side, saying: “If that is what has happened at the club for the last 10 years that might be a reason why we haven’t had a very good 10 years.” Taylor, who has experienced numerous promotions with Hull City, Gillingham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Wycombe Wonderers, was then left the refute rumours that he threatened to quit the club following the club’s dire start. A minority of Bradford City support want the former England caretaker manager to leave the club after their sluggish start and uninspiring conclusion to last season, however the general consensus in West Yorkshire appears to be that patience is needed at a club that has struggled with the ‘big-club’ tag during their three year spell in the league’s basement division, who are regular pre-season favourites for promotion, however regularly fail to meet expectation..
Bradford’s goal-shy attack has been the catalyst of the Bantam’s early struggle, with Taylor’s side scoring just two league goals from their opening five fixtures, although their defence is anything but miserly, having conceded nine goals in their five league outings. Before the start of the season, Bradford’s striking duo of Gareth Evans and James Hanson were tipped to be prolific after enjoying prolific campaigns last season; however the solitary goal from the two came from the penalty spot. Last season, the Bantam’s struggled for form at Valley Parade, having lost seven fixtures at home in League Two last season, with the team’s away form compensating for their poor results at Valley Parade and Taylor’s side have seemed to continue the woeful home form that denied them a promotion push last season. Bradford’s only league victory this season came against Football League newcomers Stevenage Borough at Valley Parade, with a Gareth Evans penalty giving the Bantam’s their only points so far this season.
Peter Taylor takes his side to cash-strapped Stockport County this Saturday, as he looks to turn around the clubs early season form. With the Bantam’s yet to even earn a point on their travels at this early stage of the season, Taylor will see this as a good chance for his side to get off the mark against a team who are still awaiting their first win at Edgeley Park.