STUART McCall is back in football – seven months after being sacked by City.

The Valley Parade legend has been appointed as assistant head coach at Blackpool.

McCall will join Neil Critchley’s backroom staff at the newly-promoted Championship side.

He replaces Colin Calderwood who left recently to join Northampton.

McCall told the club website: “To be joining Blackpool is special. My sister was born in Blackpool and my dad played with the likes of Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen.

“He always told some good stories about his time there.

“I’m really excited for the challenge and to become part of the team.

“The club and in particular the coaching staff did an outstanding job last season - I obviously know (goalkeeping coach) Steve Banks well – and I now want to come in and be a key part of the group as well.

“I’m here to support Neil in the best way I can.”

Critchley added: “Stuart’s reputation and vast experiences within the game command respect.

“The knowledge that he has gained from an extensive playing, managerial and coaching career will be invaluable to me, the players and the staff.

“After speaking to him, it was clear that he has lost none of his passion and enthusiasm for football.”

McCall’s third spell at the Valley Parade helm came to an end in December when he was dismissed with City 22nd in League Two.