Bradford City Faces Challenges Following Managerial Uncertainty…

Smallwood Urges Focus Amid Managerial Uncertainty: City Faces Challenges Following Back-to-Back Defeats…

Richie Smallwood emphasizes that the uncertainty surrounding the managerial position should not divert City’s focus.

The team has suffered consecutive away defeats, with their most recent loss against the bottom-ranked Sutton, which is likely to accelerate the decision-making process for the next permanent manager.

Currently, Kevin McDonald is the caretaker manager and is expected to lead the team in their upcoming EFL Trophy home match against Manchester City under-21s at Valley Parade, followed by an FA Cup clash against Wycombe. With no league action this week, there may be an opportunity to address the vacant managerial position.

Captain Smallwood underscores the need for players to remain committed and continue their efforts on the field, despite ongoing speculation about the next manager. He believes that the team’s performances are decent, and everyone is dedicated to working hard and following Kevin McDonald’s guidance. Smallwood acknowledges that there are occasional rumors about potential managers, but the players concentrate solely on their on-field performance as they have no control over the managerial decision.

City’s recent defeat has caused them to drop to 16th place in the league, six points away from the playoffs. Smallwood, however, doesn’t believe that the absence of a full-time manager is a decisive factor in their performance. He asserts that the team’s goal is to be the best they can, whether under Kevin McDonald or a new manager. In League Two, where players are fighting for their careers and contracts, they are determined to put in their best efforts to win games, improve their prospects, and create lasting memories.

Andy Cook scored his sixth goal of the season, canceling out Sutton’s early goal, but the home side secured the victory late in the game. Smallwood described it as a disappointing turn of events, with City dominating most of the match but failing to secure a second goal.

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