Having been lurking in this thread for a few weeks, I thought I would join the gang and start a game in the EFL. I took serious consideration in diving into the Championship but decided I wanted to begin my career a little further away from the promised land (I later regretted this after realising that I would have to compete in the Checkatrade Trophy which is one of the most abominal of messes I have seen).
Due to the size of the club, and their admirable run in the Carabao Cup a few years ago, I choose Bradford City.
I decided to to go for a back three due to my love of the system. It wasn’t an entirely convenient shape for the players I inherited but I decided to go ahead with it regardless. And at first, it paid off.
Two draws saw us pick two points from a possible six but then we started to find out scoring boots and begun to batter teams in quite devastating style. We were conceding a lot at the back but whilst we were outscoring sides, I didn’t mind too much. That came back to haunt us however.
Come November, we seemed to be shipping in more than we could score. We received some crushing defeats as we rolled out of the play-off places.
I scraped the three at the back and went for a more solid four instead. Initially, we experienced a slow start but again, started to hit some form and very soon, we were challenging for the automatic promotion spots.
Top, Charlton, seemed like they were going to run away with the title come the end of February but three consecutive draws and we were hot on their trail. When we faced them in April, a victory would put us within two points of the Addicks. Unfortunately, they won and we suffered our first league defeat in 17 games.
We followed that up with a 2-2 draw against struggling Blackpool and I started to worry that we might have been knocked off our stride. Thankfully, that didn’t prove to be the case and we sealed automatic promotion with two games to go (not that I let them up as we went onto winning those games).
Looking back, that loss in form earlier on the season cost us the chance of the league title but the main thing is we achieved promotion without having to go through the lottery of the play-offs.
I switched off first window transfers so no one joined the club in the summer of 2018. By the time January rolled round, I had eyed up a few loan deals which I was pleased to wrap up. Brendan Galloway came in from Everton to give our backline some depth whilst David Meyler joined and slotted straight into our midfield. Louis Molt joined on the last day after Colin Doyle got injured for six weeks. Unfortunately, his loan wasn’t as successful as the other two.
It will be Bradford City’s first season back in the Championship since 2003/04 and our aim will be simple: survival. Anything more is a bonus.