Stuart McCall rules out Motherwell return – but open to Dundee United

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press

Former Motherwell and Rangers boss Stuart McCall admits he could be interested in becoming the next Dundee United manager.

The 51-year-old, who is part of Gordon Strachan’s coaching staff with Scotland, has been without a club job since leaving Ibrox in the summer.

However, he is thought to be among those under consideration by the United hierarchy, with the likes of Mixu Paatelainen, John Hughes and Michael O’Neill also linked to the post.

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McCall has praised Dundee United (Pic: CC-BY-SA)

 

Asked about the Tannadice vacancy, he said: “That might be one of interest to me.

“They are a bigger club [than Motherwell] in terms of the fanbase and certainly have a bigger budget – third biggest in Scotland, I think.

“They have a good history, have been in a couple of Scottish Cup finals of late and should be challenging for the European spots.”

However, McCall has ruled out a return to Motherwell as they search for a replacement for Ian Baraclough.

He enjoyed a hugely successful four-year spell in North Lanarkshire, finishing as runners-up to Celtic twice and reaching the Scottish Cup final in 2011 despite losing key players every season.

Following Baraclough’s exit, McCall was immediately installed as 11/4 favourite to return to the club by the SPFL’s sponsors Ladbrokes. However, he confirmed that will not be happening.

He told Sky Sports News HQ: “I won’t be returning to Motherwell. I had my time there and I loved my time there, but it’s not something I will be revisiting.

“I don’t think we could ever match that level of success we had there – a Champions League place, reaching the Scottish Cup final and finishing as runners-up to Celtic twice.

“A lot of people say ‘never go back’ and, although it’s a club I am very fond of, I won’t be contemplating going back.”

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