Bradford City: Taylor ready to follow roar of Tigers

Peter Taylor is famed for taking Hull City from life in League Two to the Football League Championship – and in an impressive new stadium.

And despite a rocky start to the season, the 57-year-old can still envisage a similar outcome at the Bantams – minus the new ground!

Taylor joined Hull back in November 2002 when the Tigers were languishing in League Two at a dilapidated Boothferry Park.

But just three years later they had rocketed up to English football's second tier, Taylor then moving to predicted bigger and better things at Crystal Palace.

The former England under-21 manager's switch to the Bantams was always going to draw potential comparisons with his life as a Tiger – and predictions that history could be repeated.

And while three points out of nine was hardly the ideal start to the season, Taylor remains hopeful that something similar could yet be achieved.

Certainly there will be few shrewder judges, the former winger having

now managed 12 teams throughout his career including a spell as caretaker manager of England.

Football League wise, his days with the Tigers remain amongst the most enjoyable but already with the Bantams he is getting a similar feel.

Asked about how life at Bradford is comparing to his other jobs in management, Taylor told Yorkshire Sport: "It's definitely up there.

"I went to Hull when they were quite low in League Two and then to see the change in that and the stadium was tremendous.

"I'm not saying we are going to have a new stadium but I can still see the potential here.

"If we can get a good team going I think there will be a lot of people at the ground and it will be a great atmosphere."

Taylor has certainly painted his own gloss on the Bantams with a host of new arrivals since taking the hot seat.

Jake Speight, Lloyd Saxton, Tommy Doherty, Robbie Threlfall, Luke Oliver, Shane Duff, Tom Adeyemi, Louis Moult and Lewis Hunt are all new faces at Valley Parade with the Bantams boss also dipping his toe into non-league waters with the acquisitions of Dave Syers and Chib Chilaka.

The City boss is pleased with the make-up of his new-look squad and is now only seeking added experience up front.

"I'm quite satisfied with the squad," said the City boss.

"I still think we might need someone a bit more experienced up front

because we are quite young but the whole job is probably how I thought

it was going to be.

"I think we've got great potential, players have got to handle the crowd at home and it's a terrific place.

"I'm thoroughly enjoying the challenge."

Two big challenges have already faced the Bantams in the Carling Cup this term and while City are now out of the competition, Taylor says his men can hold their heads high after first dumping out Nottingham Forest and then taking Preston all the way to extra time.

The Bradford boss admitted that he was gutted to exit the cup after the heartache of going 120 minutes against Preston.

"I think the longer the game went on I fancied us to win," he said.

"We had a couple of very good chances in extra time so I am a little disappointed now that we've gone out.

"When you do go out you probably prefer to go out in normal time rather than have the hassle of extra time. We had to play again three days


"But overall, I think the players couldn't have done any more.

"With a little bit of luck we could have gone through. I have no complaints about the players when they perform like that.

"They've worked hard all season but they haven't played like that. when they do in the league we'll be a decent team."

A team good enough for promotion perhaps which was very much the pre-season view of the nation's bookmakers who installed the Bantams as general 9-1 favourites.

However, after just one win in their opening three league games, City have slid out to as big as 16-1 behind new favourites Torquay as well as Wycombe, Rotherham, Port Vale, Chesterfield and Shrewsbury.

It's fair to say the layers' views do not concern Taylor.

"I'm quite relaxed about it," said the City boss.

"I think it's a strange thing to change after three matches. Our first three matches were against really good teams.

"Stevenage are a good side as well but I still think your Port Vales and your Rotherhams will be going for it."

So too, though, will Bradford, the club's experienced manager quietly content with the progress made and adamant that here lies another League Two promotion that he can oversee.

"It's a target that, for me, is realistic," said Taylor.

"But there's a lot of strong competition and I think you'll find there's clubs that are spending more money than us.

"Just because we get the support we do, it doesn't mean we are going to be the best team on the pitch. It still means that we have got to work extremely hard to get every point.

"We're not that far away anyway but unfortunately we have only got one win under our belts from our first three games.

"However, it is only three games. If we were into 30 then I might be


"I don't think we're far away from being a decent team."