McCall gives Bradford City a helping hand

Stuart McCall says he is interested in returning to football but has ruled out managing at non-league level

Stuart McCall says he is interested in returning to football but has ruled out managing at non-league level

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Should City beat Macclesfield at Valley Parade this week, Peter Taylor will say thanks to Stuart McCall.

The Bantams legend has done his bit for Taylor’s pre-match preparations after running the rule over the opposition.

McCall is currently scouting for Norwich and can watch up to four different games a week. And having watched Macclesfield’s recent meetings with Burton and Rotherham, he was keen to pass on any information that might help.

“I’ve offered Jakes (Wayne Jacobs) and Peter a little insight into them,” said McCall. “I know that game’s coming up and I’ve seen them play twice.

“I mainly watch Championship sides but I’ve seen a few others as well. Newcastle and Blackpool was a fantastic game of football and I went to Liverpool for a Europa League game.

“The little lad and I were sat behind Dalglish, Hansen and Rush and it was great. Then Bruce Grobbelaar grabbed me and wanted to know what I was doing there as a blue!

I wouldn’t be frightened if the right job came around but I’ve not applied for anything

Stuart McCall

“I was also lucky to see Man City and Juventus. But at the other end of the scale, I went to York just before the boy Brodie went for an unbelievable amount of money.

“Watching games gets me out the house and it’s better than sitting at home on a Saturday watching Deano’s face on Sky! It’s something to do while I’m having time out.”

Former Rangers chief scout Ewan Chester got McCall the work after he moved to Carrow Road in the summer. But the former City boss admits the lack of emotional attachment means there is something missing.

“When I was at Bradford, I’d watch other games and always be planning what we were going to do. We were either playing that team next week or specifically looking at a player.

“Don’t get me wrong, I still love watching football. But it’s not the same buzz going to different places when you’re not supporting a team.”

Nine months on from leaving Valley Parade, McCall would love to get back into management. Other jobs have cropped up – some like York and Lincoln in proximity to his Harrogate home – but none appeal.

He added: “I wouldn’t be frightened if the right job came around but I’ve not applied for anything.

“I know I can’t be out too long – I’ve seen the stat that one in two managers don’t get back in after their first job – but it’s got to be something I passionately want to go and do.

“Without being disrespectful, I saw Paul Simpson come out of the Shrewsbury job and take over at Stockport straight away.

“That was always going to be tough. I read that him and his missus had to clean the ground and all the kit and everything; then they lose two 5-0s in a row.

“With all the effort and hours you put into everything, you’ve got to have that passion to do it. It’s got to feel right.

“I came out of the Premier straight into League Two. People said I didn’t know anything about it but because it was this club I wanted to do it.

“I don’t regret that. But when you haven’t been a great success in League Two, it’s not like losing a job in the Championship – you can’t go down the divisions.

“I wouldn’t go into non-league. It took me almost a season to find out what League Two was like and going into the Conference would be even longer because you need to know all the players and contacts.”

Another stint as a number two, as he did with Neil Warnock at Sheffield United, could be a more realistic option. But for now, McCall will keep his hand in by coaching City’s under-14s.

“It’s something that I love doing,” he said. “John Hendrie’s up there a lot, Jakes’s lads are in the scheme and Deano’s boy is on trial at the minute.

“The other day we only had 11 and we needed three fours so I joined in for an hour. It was fantastic.

“I enjoy the coaching and it’s something I’d love to do.

“I want to get back in the game but not at any cost. I know that another manager’s not going to get the chance I got.”

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10:30am Tue 16 Nov 10

Peter300 says...

Stuart top man as always.
Stuart top man as always. Peter300
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11:54am Tue 16 Nov 10

PHILISAN says...

My heart says it would be great to have Stuart involved in the Club permanently in some way that was good for all parties.
My heart says it would be great to have Stuart involved in the Club permanently in some way that was good for all parties. PHILISAN
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12:00pm Tue 16 Nov 10

bazzathetyke says...

OH purleese
Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square..
Short,short memories!
OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories! bazzathetyke
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12:04pm Tue 16 Nov 10

BD16 says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories!
No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time.
Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories![/p][/quote]No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway? BD16
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12:07pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Brent_Meister says...

Stu *is* Bradford City :)
Stu *is* Bradford City :) Brent_Meister
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12:13pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Meat Pie says...

I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge.

Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that!
I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge. Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that! Meat Pie
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12:30pm Tue 16 Nov 10

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote:
OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories!
No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time.
Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?
Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun??
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories![/p][/quote]No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?[/p][/quote]Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun?? moanmoanwhingewhinge
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1:05pm Tue 16 Nov 10

bcfc1903 says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories!
Whats with the "WE" you're a scum fan lol

Stuart McCall is a Bradford City Football Club legend....CTID
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories![/p][/quote]Whats with the "WE" you're a scum fan lol Stuart McCall is a Bradford City Football Club legend....CTID bcfc1903
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1:24pm Tue 16 Nov 10

BD16 says...

moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories!
No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?
Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun??
No, the "we" stands for City fans who watched him come through as an apprentice and mature into an international player whilst still keeping his feet on the ground and not forgetting his roots. The same "we" then hoped he could transfer his passion for Bradford City into results on the pitch. "We" realise that although he may not have been the right man for the job he is still City through and through and as a person is deserving of respect based on what he achieved for the club over a long period of time rather than a couple of poor years as manager.

What do "you" stand for? I suspect your name gives it away though.
[quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories![/p][/quote]No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?[/p][/quote]Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun??[/p][/quote]No, the "we" stands for City fans who watched him come through as an apprentice and mature into an international player whilst still keeping his feet on the ground and not forgetting his roots. The same "we" then hoped he could transfer his passion for Bradford City into results on the pitch. "We" realise that although he may not have been the right man for the job he is still City through and through and as a person is deserving of respect based on what he achieved for the club over a long period of time rather than a couple of poor years as manager. What do "you" stand for? I suspect your name gives it away though. BD16
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2:02pm Tue 16 Nov 10

nastybobby says...

A permanent City legend whatever happened while he was in charge and a true Gentleman as always!!!
A permanent City legend whatever happened while he was in charge and a true Gentleman as always!!! nastybobby
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2:40pm Tue 16 Nov 10

nowt fresh says...

BD16 wrote:
moanmoanwhingewhinge wrote:
BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories!
No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?
Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun??
No, the "we" stands for City fans who watched him come through as an apprentice and mature into an international player whilst still keeping his feet on the ground and not forgetting his roots. The same "we" then hoped he could transfer his passion for Bradford City into results on the pitch. "We" realise that although he may not have been the right man for the job he is still City through and through and as a person is deserving of respect based on what he achieved for the club over a long period of time rather than a couple of poor years as manager. What do "you" stand for? I suspect your name gives it away though.
Nothing more to add BD16 you say what every true Bradford City supporter thinks,as a player he was a LEGEND but unfortunatly as a manager he came up short,but who knows what the future holds??.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]moanmoanwhingewhinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: OH purleese Last season we wanted to hand him a public hanging in Centenary square.. Short,short memories![/p][/quote]No. We realised that he was not the right man for the job at that time. Aren't you a Leeds fan anyway?[/p][/quote]Yeh, does the 'we' stand for you and Shaun??[/p][/quote]No, the "we" stands for City fans who watched him come through as an apprentice and mature into an international player whilst still keeping his feet on the ground and not forgetting his roots. The same "we" then hoped he could transfer his passion for Bradford City into results on the pitch. "We" realise that although he may not have been the right man for the job he is still City through and through and as a person is deserving of respect based on what he achieved for the club over a long period of time rather than a couple of poor years as manager. What do "you" stand for? I suspect your name gives it away though.[/p][/quote]Nothing more to add BD16 you say what every true Bradford City supporter thinks,as a player he was a LEGEND but unfortunatly as a manager he came up short,but who knows what the future holds??. nowt fresh
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3:04pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Waynus71 says...

After 'finding' the likes of Williams, Hanson & Neilson last season, perhaps a job of finding more like them and Sayers could be found for him.
.
As a player, I was one of his iggest fans and followed his career at Everton & Rangers. However, I was also his biggest critic when it came to managing City. A brilliant ambassador of Bradford City but came up short as a manager.
.
Best wishes Stu
After 'finding' the likes of Williams, Hanson & Neilson last season, perhaps a job of finding more like them and Sayers could be found for him. . As a player, I was one of his iggest fans and followed his career at Everton & Rangers. However, I was also his biggest critic when it came to managing City. A brilliant ambassador of Bradford City but came up short as a manager. . Best wishes Stu Waynus71
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3:06pm Tue 16 Nov 10

gspot says...

Is this Stuart McCall day??? Not complaining cos I love the guy!!!
Is this Stuart McCall day??? Not complaining cos I love the guy!!! gspot
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3:11pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Peter300 says...

Meat Pie wrote:
I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge. Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that!
His record would suggest otherwise. Football management is not easy. I'm sure he would have come through it had he stayed
[quote][p][bold]Meat Pie[/bold] wrote: I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge. Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that![/p][/quote]His record would suggest otherwise. Football management is not easy. I'm sure he would have come through it had he stayed Peter300
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3:28pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Meat Pie says...

Peter300 wrote:
Meat Pie wrote: I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge. Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that!
His record would suggest otherwise. Football management is not easy. I'm sure he would have come through it had he stayed
On what basis do you make that statement?

His record would suggest he was not very good as a manager, unless I've missed something?
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Meat Pie[/bold] wrote: I love SM but I think he may have got us relagated last season if he'd stayed in charge. Fanstastic player and a proper City legend but let's leave it at that![/p][/quote]His record would suggest otherwise. Football management is not easy. I'm sure he would have come through it had he stayed[/p][/quote]On what basis do you make that statement? His record would suggest he was not very good as a manager, unless I've missed something? Meat Pie
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3:50pm Tue 16 Nov 10

bazzathetyke says...

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents? bazzathetyke
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3:56pm Tue 16 Nov 10

BD16 says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?
Go back to Elland Road.
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?[/p][/quote]Go back to Elland Road. BD16
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4:37pm Tue 16 Nov 10

fatbloke says...

gspot wrote:
Is this Stuart McCall day??? Not complaining cos I love the guy!!!
If it is maybe we get a petition going to make a]it a bank holiday in future years in England & Scotland!!
[quote][p][bold]gspot[/bold] wrote: Is this Stuart McCall day??? Not complaining cos I love the guy!!![/p][/quote]If it is maybe we get a petition going to make a]it a bank holiday in future years in England & Scotland!! fatbloke
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4:50pm Tue 16 Nov 10

bazzathetyke says...

BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?
Go back to Elland Road.
With pleasure, BD16...
I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to!
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?[/p][/quote]Go back to Elland Road.[/p][/quote]With pleasure, BD16... I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to! bazzathetyke
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5:30pm Tue 16 Nov 10

eebygum says...

Why do we need to explain about Stuart is as well thought of now as he always was and nothing can detract from that.
So go away and get your self a life bazzathetyke or is that bazzathetripe ha ha
Why do we need to explain about Stuart is as well thought of now as he always was and nothing can detract from that. So go away and get your self a life bazzathetyke or is that bazzathetripe ha ha eebygum
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5:57pm Tue 16 Nov 10

BD16 says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?
Go back to Elland Road.
With pleasure, BD16... I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to!
I should have said "go to Elland Road" If my memorys correct you have been on here saying how wonderful "super Leeds" are when a game had only just finished. You are the worst sort of football fan, you don't even see the team that you claim to support.
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?[/p][/quote]Go back to Elland Road.[/p][/quote]With pleasure, BD16... I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to![/p][/quote]I should have said "go to Elland Road" If my memorys correct you have been on here saying how wonderful "super Leeds" are when a game had only just finished. You are the worst sort of football fan, you don't even see the team that you claim to support. BD16
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6:15pm Tue 16 Nov 10

nowt fresh says...

bazzathetyke wrote:
BD16 wrote:
bazzathetyke wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?
Go back to Elland Road.
With pleasure, BD16... I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to!
You might not have to bring yourself to watching 4th division football (which is only one division above the division your lot were in last season) short memories,BUT it will be a Loooooong time before you see premier league football,thats unless you fancy a drive over the penines to watch Man Utd.
[quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bazzathetyke[/bold] wrote: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO Dont take much to get YOU lot going does it..well said Meat Pie.."McCall Out" ring any bells, City Gents?[/p][/quote]Go back to Elland Road.[/p][/quote]With pleasure, BD16... I couldnt bring myself to watch 4th div. football, mind you, I will never have to![/p][/quote]You might not have to bring yourself to watching 4th division football (which is only one division above the division your lot were in last season) short memories,BUT it will be a Loooooong time before you see premier league football,thats unless you fancy a drive over the penines to watch Man Utd. nowt fresh
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7:45pm Tue 16 Nov 10

Saltaire Bantam says...

Stuart for Lord Mayor (next year).
Stuart for Lord Mayor (next year). Saltaire Bantam
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8:24pm Thu 18 Nov 10

bcfc1903 says...

Yeah..he's got my vote....as a player and manager..you always got 100%....Stuart McCall a true Bradford City Football Club legend.CTID
Yeah..he's got my vote....as a player and manager..you always got 100%....Stuart McCall a true Bradford City Football Club legend.CTID bcfc1903
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