A newspaper article
in the Bradford Teleraph and Argus on 16th November 2010 revealed
that former Bradford City legend and Scottish international Stuart
McCall was working for Norwich City as a scout, having been recruited
by City's Chief Scout Ewan Chester.
After playing for non-league
Farlsey Celtic,McCall started his professional career with Bradford
City, where he made his senior debut in 1982. He played six seasons
at Valley Parade, during which time he won the Division Three
championship, a title which was overshadowed by the Bradford fire
disaster when 56 people died and in which his father Andy was
injured. After missing out on promotion in 198788, McCall
moved to Everton in June 1988 for £850,000. He had played
285 games for Bradford, scoring 46 goals
McCall made 103 appearances
for Everton, scoring 6 goals.He was also a substitute in the 1989
FA Cup Final when he scored Everton's equaliser in the Merseyside
derby against Liverpool to take the game into extra-time. He scored
another equaliser during extra-time, but Liverpool's own substitute
Ian Rush also scored two to secure a 32 victory for Liverpool.
Apart from the FA Cup final defeat in 1989, the closest he came
to winning a trophy at Everton was in the 198990 season,
when Everton topped the league in late autumn and remained in
contention for the title for the most the rest of the season until
disappointing form in the run-in saw them finish sixth.
Despite being born
in Leeds, England, McCall qualified to play for Scotland through
his Scottish father and won 40 caps for Scotland, and he scored
one goal in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. He played in two European
Championships but his international career ended after he was
left out of the 1998 World Cup squad.
In 1991, Rangers paid
£1.2 million for McCall. In his first season at Ibrox, Rangers
won the league and cup double, before they achieved greater success
in 199293, winning both cups 21 against Aberdeen and
coming nine points ahead of Aberdeen in the league. McCall also
enjoyed European success that season when the Glasgow club narrowly
missed out on an appearance in the UEFA Champions League 199293
final, coming second in the semi-final group stage to eventual
winners Olympique de Marseille. In 199394, Rangers added
another Scottish League Cup title along with the league championship.
The following season saw Rangers win the league by their greatest
margin as they finished 15 points ahead of Motherwell. In 199596,
Rangers' points tally of 87 was a record-high total. McCall played
in his fourth Scottish Cup final as Rangers defeated Hearts 51
McCall still had one
year left on his Rangers contract in 1998, but much of the team
that Walter Smith had built had left and McCall was allowed to
leave on a free transfer by new manager Dick Advocaat, as long
as he joined an English club. Barnsley and Huddersfield Town
were both interested in signing McCall, but he rejoined Bradford
City as club captain and led them into the Premiership. They avoided
relegation in the first season in the Premiership.
In July 2000, McCall
accepted his first coaching role, when he was appointed assistant
manager to Chris Hutchings at Bradford City, after Hutchings was
promoted from the role to replace Paul Jewell as City manager.
Just four months later, Hutchings was sacked, and McCall was appointed
as caretakerplayer manager. His first game in the role was
against his former team Everton, who were led by his former manager
Walter Smith, but ended with a 10 defeat. He was in charge
for one more game, which also ended in defeat, until Jim Jefferies
was appointed the new manager. Jefferies brought with him his
own assistant Billy Brown, and McCall was appointed first-team
After leaving Bradford
City, he joined Sheffield United, where he also took up a coaching
role. When he retired in 2004, he remained at Sheffield United
as assistant to Neil Warnock until May 2007, when he returned
to Bradford City for a third time, this time as manager. He spent
two-and-a-half seasons in charge of Bradford City leaving in February
In Mid-December 2010, McCall was linked to the vacancy at Motherwell,
following the departure of Craig Brown to Aberdeen. He is reported
to have been interviewed for the vacancy along with John
Hartson, Chris Sutton, Ricky Sbragia
and Alan Stubbs. McCall was appointed Motherwell manager on 30th
December 2010. His first game in charge was a 00 draw away
to Hamilton Academical on New Year's Day 2011
In May 2013, McCall had talks with Sheffield United about their
managerial vacancy but decided to stay at Motherwell and the chance
to play in the Europa League following their second place finish
in the Scottish Premier League.
McCall said "It has been a really difficult last few
days, As most people probably know, I spent five great years at
Sheffield United. I was grateful to the board for allowing me
to speak to them, but I went with an open mind. I had no desire
to leave Motherwell after enjoying two-and-a-half great years
at the club. There is no doubt Sheffield United are a fantastic
club. But, after careful consideration and deliberation, I am
more than happy to continue my current role at Fir Park. I have
built up a tremendous feeling for Motherwell, the people who work
at the club and the supporters. It would take something really
special to tempt me away."
McCall resigned as Motherwell manager on 2nd November 2014 after
five straight defeats left them second bottom of the Scottish
Premiership table. mcCall will continue to work with Gordon Strachan's
Scotland side, a role that he took up in January 2013.
On 20th June 2016, he returned as manager of Bradford City, replacing Phil Parkinson. He gave up his role with the Scottish national team.
On 5th February 2018 Bradford City sacked manager Stuart McCall after a run of six successive defeats in all competitions. They were sixth in the table despite a run of five straight league defeats. However, that run of form has seen them slip 13 points behind the automatic promotion places, while they also lost 2-0 at League Two side Yeovil in the FA Cup.
He was appointed manager of Scunthorpe on 27th August 2018 replacing Nick Daws with the Iron placed 18th in League One after five games.
McCall was sacked by Scunthorpe on 24th March 2019 with the Iron slipping within two points of the League One drop zone. His final game as manager was a 3-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Rochdale on 23rd March 2019. First-team coach Andy Dawson will be in caretaker charge at Glanford Park for the rest of the 2018/19 season.
On 4th February 2020, McCall was appointed as Bradford manager for the third time, succeeding Gary Bowyer who left after seven games without a win. McCall signed a contract until the end of the 2020/21 season.
He left the club on 13th December 2020. He oversaw 29 matches during his third managerial spell in the City dugout - winning seven, drawing five and losing 17. Unfortunately they had only taken 4 points from their last 10 games leading to McCall's dismissal.
On 22nd July 2021 McCall joined Championship side Blackpool as assistant head coach to Neil Critchley. He left the Seasiders on 25th November 2021 to become assistant to Paul Heckingbottom at Sheffield United. McCall and Heckingbottom were sacked by the Blades on 5th December 2023 with United at the bottom of the Premier League with five points after losing 11 of their opening 14 games.