Where is Stuart McCall now?
A Bradford City legend who both played for and managed the club, Stuart McCall spent 10 years at Valley Parade in two separate spells before retiring in 2005 just a few weeks from his 41st birthday.
In a playing career which lasted 23 years, McCall amassed over 750 career appearances winning six Scottish Premier League titles and three Scottish Cups with Rangers as well the Third Division title with Bradford.
He was also a regular for the Scottish national side during the 1990’s and represented them in the 1992 and 1996 UEFA European Championships.
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Upon retiring from playing, McCall stayed on at his last club Sheffield United as assistant to then manager Neil Warnock.
The pair enjoyed a successful season in 2005-06 when they guided The Blades to promotion to the Premier League but the side were relegated after just one season resulting in the dismissal of Warnock.
He had already been thinking about leaving the club at the end of that season and he left when he was overlooked for the vacant manager’s job.
Having been linked to former side Bradford City on numerous occasions over the years McCall finally had the opportunity to join them as the club’s new manager in May 2007.
Joining the club at a time when the club were suffering from serious financial problems he led his side to a respectable 10th place finish in League Two in his first season.
However, after ambitious promotion claims which he was unable to fulfil he left the club by mutual consent in 2010 with his side still playing in League Two.
After a short while out of the game and a brief spell as a scout for Norwich City, McCall was appointed manager of Motherwell in the SPL in 2010.
He enjoyed a successful first season with the club reaching the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup and the final of the Scottish Cup.
His second season with the club was even better and he led his Motherwell side to a third place finish in the Scottish Premier League which meant that they qualified for the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
His third season was also a success and he led his Motherwell side to a second place finish in the league which was their highest league position for 20 years and a feat which they repeated in 2014.
Due to his success with Motherwell, McCall won the 2013 Clydesdale Scottish Premier League Manager of the Year.
In 2013 he also joined the Scotland national team as part of Gordon Strachan’s backroom team.
After three fantastic seasons McCall resigned from Motherwell in November 2014 after two wins in 12 games left his side second bottom of the league.
He wasn’t out of work for long though and in the following March he was appointed manager of his former club Rangers until the end of the season.
Although, McCall managed a third place finish at the end of the season, his Rangers side were beaten 6-1 aggregate in the play-offs by his former side Motherwell.
Despite claiming that he had done ‘a decent job’ at Rangers, McCall was replaced at the end of the season by former Brentford manager Mark Warburton who won promotion to the Scottish Premiership in his first season
In June 2016, McCall was back in football management when he returned to his former side Bradford City as their new manager.
He subsequently stepped down from his role as assistant coach with Gordon Strachan’s Scotland national side to concentrate solely on his role at Bradford
A successful first season saw McCall’s Bantams reach the League One play-off final at Wembley where they narrowly lost 1-0 to Millwall.
However, the following season proved to be extremely tough for Bradford and after a run of six consecutive defeats McCall was sacked in February 2018.
He then joined Scunthorpe United as manager for the 2018/19 season but was sacked in March 2019 despite a good run over the Christmas period which saw him win the League One Manager of the Month award.
In February 2020 McCall made a return to Bradford City for a third spell.
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Stuart McCall: Premier League Statistics
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