Stuart McCall

Accomplished Football Manager

  • Date Joined: 23rd May 2018
A highly experienced football manager having enjoyed a 34 year career in the game as a coach and player, Stuart McCall has established an exceptional record in motivating players and nurturing talent to build teams capable of exceeding expectations.

Most notably the manager at Motherwell FC for four years, Stuart consistently outperformed the available resources to secure two 2nd place league finishes and record the club’s highest points total three seasons in a row, resulting
in his award as the 2012/13 SPL Manager of the Year.

A former member of Gordon Strachan’s Scotland national team coaching staff, Stuart most recently led Bradford City AFC to the EFL League One Play-off Final with a mid-table budget and Rangers FC to the Scottish Championship Play-Off Final despite the club having only 11 games left in the season upon joining.

He is now keen to return to management, and provide a figurehead who is able to gain the buy-in of players, staff and supporters through his positive approach to the game and commitment to a club’s short and long-term future.
Stuart McCall

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • LMA: Certificate of Applied Football Management

    LMA
    Certificate of Applied Football Management

  • UEFA: Pro Licence

    UEFA
    Pro Licence

Career History

  • Bradford City AFC

    Bradford City AFC
    First Team Manager
    2016 – 2018

  • Scotland

    Scotland
    First Team Coach
    2013 – 2016

  • Rangers FC

    Rangers FC
    First Team Manager
    2015 – 2015

  • Motherwell FC

    Motherwell FC
    First Team Manager
    2010 – 2014

  • Bradford City AFC

    Bradford City AFC
    First Team Manager
    2007 – 2010

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    Assistant Manager
    2002 – 2007

  • Sheffield United FC

    Sheffield United FC
    Player
    2002 – 2005
    Appearances: 89 · Goals: 2

  • Bradford City AFC

    Bradford City AFC
    Assistant Manager
    2000 – 2002

  • Bradford City AFC

    Bradford City AFC
    Player
    1998 – 2002
    Appearances: 175 · Goals: 9

  • Rangers FC

    Rangers FC
    Player
    1991 – 1998
    Appearances: 265 · Goals: 19

  • Scotland

    Scotland
    Player
    1990 – 1998
    Appearances: 40 · Goals: 1

  • Everton FC

    Everton FC
    Player
    1988 – 1991
    Appearances: 132 · Goals: 10

  • Bradford City AFC

    Bradford City AFC
    Player
    1982 – 1988
    Appearances: 268 · Goals: 43

Key Achievements

  • After 18 successful progressive months and one poor one, departed with a 46% win ratio from Bradford, the highest at the club for over 35 years since 1982
  • Won six Scottish Premier Division titles, three Scottish Cups and two League Cups with Rangers between 1991 and 1998, playing in the final six seasons of the club’s historic ‘nine in a row’ and winning the 1992/93 domestic treble
  • Came second in the semi-final group stage of the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League behind eventual winners Marseille
  • Named Bradford captain twice - firstly at age 21 in 1986 and secondly in 1998/99 as the club secured promotion to the Premier League to return to the top flight after a 77 year absence
  • Played a key role as Sheffield United reached the Championship play-off final and semi-finals of both the FA and League Cups in 2002/03
  • Won the English Third Division (now League One) with Bradford in 1984/85
  • Won Bradford’s Player of the Year award in 1997/98
  • Made 134 consecutive league appearances for Bradford starting in January 1983 aged just 18
  • Played and scored in the 1990 World Cup in Italy
  • Played in the 1992 & 1996 European Championships
  • Only British player to play in every game possible of the 1990, 1992 and 1996 tournaments
  • Helped develop the careers of players like Phil Jagielka, Billy Sharp, Jamie Murphy, Nicky Law, Tom Hateley, Chris Cadden and many more.
  • Played a key role alongside First Team Manager Neil Warnock at Sheffield United in gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2005/06
  • Coached the Sheffield United’s reserve team to their league title
  • Finished the 2008/09 season with Bradford City only two points off the play-off places
  • Oversaw a 10 game unbeaten in 2009/10 at Bradford City and reached the area semi-finals of the Football League Trophy
  • Won the 2012/13 SPL Manager of the Year award and came second to Neil Lennon in 2011/12
  • Finished 2nd in the SPL with Motherwell in back to back seasons (2012/13 and 2013/14), their highest league position since 1994/95
  • Broke Motherwell’s record for their highest top flight points total (post war) three seasons in a row, with 62 points in 2011/12, 63 points in 2012/13 and 70 points in 2013/14
  • Achieved a win percentage of 47.4% over four full seasons, becoming Motherwell’s most successful top flight manager of all time
  • Reached the final of the 2010/11 Scottish Cup final to mark the club’s first appearance in the final for 20 years
  • Qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history with the 2011/12 results, and qualified for the UEFA Europa League in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14
  • Named SPL Manager of the Month on three occasions - July & August 2011, October 2011 and April 2013
  • Oversaw the Motherwell’s longest top-flight winning streak since 1937, with six consecutive matches between Dec 2013 and Jan 2014
  • The team scored the most top flight league goals in a single season - 67 in 2012/13 - since the 1960/61 season
  • Beat Scottish giants Celtic twice in 2012/13 and once in 2010/11
  • Went on to lose just one of the last 11 games at Rangers (having lost four of the previous 12 under the previous manager) to qualify for the play- offs, beating Queen of the South and then Hibernian to reach the final against Motherwell.
  • After a positive change in football style and going the full season unbeaten at home, led Bradford City to the 2017 EFL League One Play- Off Final at Wembley with a mid-table budget of the 11th highest in the league
  • Despite losing half the team and a reduction in budget, still managed to keep the Bradford City in the top 6 in the 2017 season, winning 15 out of 31 (almost 50%) league games before departing

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