Date: 18th February 2010 at 9:11am
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On Tuesday evening news broke that Peter Taylor had been given the opportunity to succeed Stuart McCall in the Valley Parade hot seat.

When his name was first thrown around there was excitement that he was in contention but that was tinged with the suggestion that he was only likely to get the job if the Chairmen were serious about planning for the long-term.

So for Julian Rhodes and Mark Lawn to follow Stuart’s departure with this appointment is very encouraging. Taylor, as is well known, has enjoyed promotion success from this level. Not only most recently with Wycombe last year but also Hull City, Gillingham and Brighton.

The man who gave David Beckham the England captaincy is a proven manager who can, he hopes, take us out of our doldrums. Clearly he is making all the right noises, and we all know the potential that exists for Valley Parade to play host to bigger crowds and a higher quality of football.

However, this is an appointment tinged with a slight reservation. He has been appointed until the end of the season. If we are looking to him to take us through the football league he’s pretty unlikely to be able to do that between now and May.

If he doesn’t do any better and is overcome by the depression of Valley Parade then will we want him still next year, with a particularly fickle fan base I’ll leave that to your imaginations.

Of course, should we begin to perform with a degree of consistency and start to produce the results that performances have warranted we may shoot up the league table. And, if we did then what berths on the managerial carousel could have opened by the close season?

For what it’s worth Peter Taylor is clear that he wants to stay here and build a similar momentum as enjoyed at Hull. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post he said ‘I still believe we can do something this year. But if that does not prove to be the case, then definitely next year. The potential here is huge and I want to tap into that. It is why I am looking well beyond this season.’ [Full Article Here]

It would be easy to flip from the sadness of Stuart’s departure to clear delight at the appointment of Peter Taylor. I am hugely impressed by the appointment. If there was to be anyone to follow Stuart then Peter Taylor was head and shoulders above the remainder of the shortlist. The sadness of Stuart’s departure remains but we have someone at the helm, quickly, to take us through three very interesting fixtures.

First up for Peter Taylor is Accrington Stanley (whose John Coleman is rumoured to have been high on Lawn’s desired list of candidates). Sitting 9 points ahead of the Bantams they are one of 6 teams bubbling just under the playoffs. They are one of the teams we are looking to challenge for that final play off position. It is a six pointer.

Then we travel to Rochdale. Spotland was so often a miserable place for Bantams and for a team 3 points clear and holding 2 games in hand over second placed Bournemouth a trip to Lancashire will prove a significant challenge for Peter Taylor. What sort of impact can be made in the seven days Taylor has with the squad before then.

And his first home game? That’s against rock bottom Darlington.

So, three games against the middle, top and bottom of the league table. We’ll have some idea in 10 days’ time of what the remaining 17 games might hold.

Welcome to Bradford City Peter, good luck on securing a longer contract in the summer!