Former Rangers and Scotland midfielder Stuart McCall has been named as the new Motherwell manager, succeeding Craig Brown who left to fill the vacant Aberdeen job. McCall’s only previous management job was at Bradford City in England.
The 46 year old has signed a two and a half year deal, and began his tenure taking charge of training at the club on Thursday morning.
Speaking about his appointment, McCall said, “I am excited by the job and will give it my all.”
McCall’s first match will be the Lanarkshire derby against Hamilton at New Douglas Park on Saturday, and the new gaffer is already confident of his side’s ability.
“I know Motherwell very well as a club and have long respected what they are all about,” McCall added. “They have produced some special talent over the years and done so in an entertaining way. It’s a family club at the heart of the Scottish game and they are doing all the right things to be successful and sustainable. I have inherited a good squad with a proven system for identifying new and young talent. I want to build on that starting today to ensure we compete for success in the league, cup and Europe.”
Motherwell Chairman John Boyle, praised the qualities and the experience that he saw in McCall.
“In Stuart we have secured the services of a proven winner with huge experience in the game and all of the attributes on our target list. He is a natural leader and has impressed us enormously with his thoughtful assessment of how he will go about the job. All Motherwell fans will wish Stuart every success and a long and happy tenure at the club.”
The likes of Ricky Sbragia, Neil McDonald and Dave Pennet emerged as possible candidates. McDonald himself was offered the position, but reportedly turned down the offer.
McCall’s only managerial experience to date was at Valley Parade, taking on the Bradford City job in May 2007, and quit in February 2010 after a run of poor results.