Peter Jackson starts his audition for the Bradford City job at Gillingham tomorrow, 30 years after first joining the Bantams.
Jackson had the ingenuity to call Mark Lawn once he had heard Peter Taylor was leaving and offered his services as temporary manager. A shrewd move it would appear as Jackson is now in the driving seat to make the job his own. Perhaps it is odd then, that Jacko is still only 2nd favourite for the job, behind John Still at Dagenham who is 1/2 favourite.
But back to the real business. Jackson comes in at a time where a lot of supporters are disillusioned with the club which is staring a fifth season in League Two in the face. What back in 2007 should have been a short vacation has turned into the holiday from hell. But Jackson can use this to his advantage. He comes in at a point where it should be impossible to take the club any lower, in the words of Yazz, The Only Way is Up!
At 20, I never saw Jackson play in the claret and amber, but I know enough about the man to know that he is a legend at the club and deserves the same sort of praise as McCall and Hendrie receive. His flirtation with the team in blue and white may have tarnished his reputation for some, but a quick look at some of his interviews on rejoining should show you how much he cares for the club. City are in safe hands, whether that is for the next week, year or decade and the club will receive no less than 110% from the manager while Jacko is here.
Jackson has always been a great motivator. A quick look down memory lane will reveal his Huddersfield teams that were always ‘well up’ for the derby games against City, a motivation that this season has appeared to be lacking. Jackson brings different skills to the job than Taylor did, and with the squad he is inheriting, Jackson should be able to get results out of it. A team which should be higher in the table. Jackson has two difficult games to prove his worth though, but 4 points from the two games will surely see him given the job till at least seasons end.
If Jackson can get results against both Gillingham and Rotherham, he can then implement his ideas properly on the team and show what he can really do. I see Jackson getting the job full time and he needs to quickly sort out who does and who doesn’t figure in plans for next season. City will get the 10 or so points required to secure safety this season and the fans need to get behind Jackson and the boys. Players and manager alike need to prove themselves and with our backing they can show what they can do.
That is not to say they haven’t had the fans backing already this season, but now it appears the season is going nowhere, much better for the players to play in a welcoming environment showing what they can do, than playing in a hostile environment unlikely to produce anything.
So let’s get behind Jackson, one of few players to lift silverware in the Claret and Amber. And here's to the 3 points he'll be returning to West Yorkshire with from Kent come 5pm on Saturday.