STUART McCall’s return to Bradford City has been officially confirmed after the legendary former midfielder today penned a two-year contract.

As revealed by the Telegraph & Argus last week, the 52-year-old will be assisted by Kenny Black, who he previously worked with at Motherwell and Rangers.

It will be McCall’s fourth spell at a club where he played from 1982-1988 and 1998-2002, and his second as manager.

Since leaving the Bantams after three years as manager in 2010, McCall went on to serve as manager of Motherwell, leading the Scottish Premiership club to their highest ever league finish.

He has also had a spell as manager of Rangers and has been on Gordon Strachan’s management staff at the Scotland national team.

Joint chairman Stefan Rupp explained: "Stuart’s fondness for Bradford City is evidently deep-rooted. He deserves this opportunity and I know the fans will join me in wishing him every success.

“Since his first spell as manager of Bradford City, Stuart has gone on to prove his credentials during a very successful spell at Motherwell and in the last couple of years has gained international coaching experience as Gordon Strachan’s assistant.

“Whilst we considered a number of high-calibre applicants for the post of manager, we were clearly of the view that Stuart was the best man to take the club forward. We look forward to working with him."

McCall said: “I’m delighted to be back at this great club and I'm looking forward to the exciting challenge ahead. Over the next few days I will be getting to know the staff and working with the chairmen on building a competitive squad for the new season.” 

Chief operating officer James Mason added: “Bradford City is a very different club to the one Stuart first managed and clearly he is a different, far more experienced manager today.

“The platform and professionalism we can now offer his team has changed for the better. It's a platform for success. However, no ‘one’ individual can succeed without the support of everyone around them.

“Now is the time for everyone connected with Bradford City to come together and back Stuart and Kenny and show everyone what a special club we are.

“The fans have a crucial role to play in our success as do the staff, the players and officials. We’ll have a better chance of success if we all pull in the same direction.”

McCall will be officially unveiled at a press conference tomorrow. 

He will then begin the task of assembling the rest of his backroom staff and building a squad for the new season.