Former Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has expressed his time at the club as “an absolute delight” and revealed that he’d love to get another club managerial role in the near future.
The 51-year-old Scotland coach was Fir Park gaffer for nearly four years, guiding them to two second place finishes and the 2011 Scottish Cup Final.
But he stunned the football world by resigning last November after a run of five straight defeats left the Steelmen second bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
McCall took over as Rangers manager three months later and then had to endure the ultimate irony when the Ibrox club faced Motherwell – now bossed by Englishman Ian Baraclough – in a play-off final to reach the top division.
Despite being hammered 6-1 on aggregate by ’Well over the two legs, McCall revealed that he is only taking positive memories from his Fir Park reign.
He said: “Thinking about the last 10 games at Motherwell is disappointing.
“But if I were to think about the 100-odd previously before that, it was an absolute delight.
“I’m thankful for Motherwell giving me an opportunity – to finish the best of the rest three times was beyond anybody’s wildest dreams and we got to a cup final.
“There are some fantastic memories, a great group of players and non-playing staff as well.
“I hope they have a good season this year.”
McCall was speaking at Airdrie Leisure Centre, where he and Scotland women’s assistant manager Ann-Helen Grahm were promoting grassroots football via the Gartcairn Football Academy SFA/McDonald’s Community Football Day
McCall said that some youngsters had caught his eye, with some being potential Scotland stars of the future.
The 40-times capped Scotland midfielder added: “I think we have got a good squad. We have one or two players that could force themselves in with their performances.
“There’s some players making the step up to play for English Premier League teams Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford – where Scotland winger Ikechi Anya plays – to play at the top level.”
McCall said that the Scotland coaching staff were also continuing to keep a keen eye on the English Championship, where Andrew Robertson and Allan McGregor are now playing with Hull City after last season’s relegation. He said they were also monitoring players at Blackburn and Derby.
McCall, whose contract at Rangers was terminated after the play-off failure, added that he would like another managerial role “sooner rather than later,” but remained focused on on his role as Scotland coach.
“At the moment it’s not the time of year,” (to get back into management) he added.
“The season has just started, but after that jobs and vacancies come up.
“My focus is on the Scotland team and watching players for that, but also keeping an eye on most of the games.
“But sooner or later I would like to get back on the training ground again.”
McCall, who made a total of 763 league appearances north and south of the borrder during his illustrious career, turned out for Bradford City between 1982 and ’88 before joining Everton, where he played for the next three years.
He played for Rangers between 1991 and ’98, Bradford from 1998 to 2002 before finishing his career with three years at Sheffield United.
His managerial career includes a brief spell as Bradford caretaker boss in 2000, before he returned there to manage between 2007 and 2010.
His four successful years at Fir Park were followed by three months in charge of Rangers at the end of last season.