The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Peat

UWE Rosler has emerged as the lead­ing can­di­date to take over from Si­mon Grayson at Bradford.

The 49-year-old Ger­man was sacked by Fleet­wood in Feb­ru­ary this year fol­low­ing a run of seven straight de­feats – end­ing an 18month spell at High­bury.

But the for­mer Leeds boss is now the front run­ner and is favourites amongst some book­mak­ers to take the post.

Steve Cot­ter­ill is also in the frame after it was an­nounced Grayson would not be ex­tend­ing his time at Val­ley Pa­rade.

The 48-year-old joined in Feb­ru­ary fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Stu­art McCall, help­ing the Ban­tams fin­ish 11th.

Grayson’s short-term deal ex­pired this sum­mer but de­spite be­ing of­fered the chance to take the role on per­ma­nently, the for­mer Sun­der­land boss sees his fu­ture else­where.

He said: “After con­ver­sa­tions with the own­ers, I have de­cided to turn down the op­tion to ex­tend my con­tract. This was an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion as I have en­joyed my time at Val­ley Pa­rade.

“I would like to thank ev­ery­one at Bradford City, from the own­ers to the sup­port­ers, who have turned out in their num­bers both home and away since I have been man­ager of their club. I wish the club all the best for the fu­ture.”

CON­TENDER: Uwe Rosler

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