McCall’s familiarity with Fir Park came during his six year spell as a Rangers’ midfielder but his link with our colours is rooted in his fifteen year association with Bradford City. He had two spells as a player and eventually served the Bantams as manager for almost three years until he left in February 2010. Most recently he had a spell as a scout for Norwich City.
His fondness for Bradford saw him walk away earlier this year following a disappointing spell and he declined the full payment to which he was entitled. Comments from fans in Bradford suggest his emotional tie to the club may not have allowed him to have an objective view but he is still held in high regard in the West Riding.
Our new manager brought his Bradford side to Fir Park for a rare meeting of the two claret and amber teams in July 2008. The friendly finished with a comfortable 4-0 win for a Motherwell team that included Hammell, Reynolds, Craigan and Lasley. Both teams wore away colours!
The criteria required of managerial candidates as set out by the club are well met by McCall. His spell in Division Two management and his recent scouting work in the Championship and elsewhere should bring a decent set of contacts and the possibility of new players, on loan or otherwise. The transfer window will open in January so he will have an early opportunity for some movement. No doubt we’ll have to move some out to get some in.
This is Motherwell’s fifth appointment in as many years. He follows in the steps of Malpas, McGhee, Gannon and Brown and while those years have been relatively successful, everyone associated with the club will be hoping for period of stability. It is reported that he will be offered a two and a half year contract.