McCall: Stunned but proud and delighted to be unveiled as third Scotland coach

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall was today unveiled at Hampden as the third member of the new Scotland national team coaching set up, joining manager Gordon Strachan and assistant manager Mark McGhee.

McCall will take up his part-time position with the national set-up for next month’s friendly against Estonia at Pittodrie Stadium.

McCall only found out he got the position on Monday after McGhee was announced as the new Scotland assistant manager: “I got a call a week back Wednesday from Jim Fleeting at the SFA and I thought he was actually on at me to get my pro licence in.

“I was at an under-17’s game, it was Baltic, think it was minus four or something anyway he text me and I rang him back at half time and I said, listen I will get my pro licence back in and he said no, no, no I just wondered if you would have any interest in having a wee chat with Gordon. I said yeah of course.

“It flummoxed me to be honest. I think on the morning of that day there had being lots of names linked with it and I thought it will go and they will be looking at a few and speaking to a few people.

“Anyway I think Gordon rung me on the Friday evening and asked if we could meet up for a chat. I met him on Monday night there at an under-20 game for Motherwell against Celtic with Mark and we had a chat.

“It came totally out the blue; I was stunned but proud and delighted. I had to speak to Leeann at Motherwell who was just as pleased really, which was great. It then just snowballed on then.”

McCall said he was given the position due to his location in Scotland and his knowledge on the game up here. With both Strachan and McGhee based in England they were looking for someone to look at players in the Scottish game and McCall was the man for that job.

“I think they were looking for someone based up here, who knows the players, apparently I ticked a few boxes.”

The former Scotland international who played on forty occasions for Scotland and even scored a goal against Sweden at Italia 90 believes that there is a lot of talent in the current pool of players.

“I still think Scotland have a lot of good players. It’s obviously the staff’s job to mould them.

“You do need luck, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not the major thing, I have being doing this pro licence with Mr Lippi and Alex, everyone and it’s not the major thing but you do need a bit of luck.

“At certain stages I don’t think Craig got that. Neil Warnock said to me if you’re a lucky manager you’re a good one.

“I certainly think Gordon, without knowing him that well, his personality, his charisma I think he will lift everybody. Because where we are in the group, at the moment is not ideal. Its little stepping stones, you just have to build up as much as you can.

“I think we do have players in the team that can do a little bit something different. A lot of our guys are playing in the Premiership which can only make them better. It’s just about getting a shape going.”

Gordon Strachan expressed earlier in the day, his delight at McCall accepting his proposal to join the Scotland coaching set up. The new Scotland manager commented: “In many ways Stuart typified the classic Scotland international player: he was passionate and combative but he was also hugely influential and inspirational. He has done a tremendous job at Motherwell and his knowledge of the game, and especially his knowledge of the Scottish scene will be invaluable.

“I am excited about working with Mark and Stuart and I am sure the players will benefit from their coaching experience.”

Leeann Dempster, Motherwell FC chief executive was also delighted to see McCall join the Scotland coaching set up, she said: “On behalf of the club, we are delighted that Stuart’s success with Motherwell has been recognised by his invitation to join the Scottish national team coaching staff. We are sure his experiences of international football will compliment his excellent contribution to Motherwell’s on-going ambitions.”


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