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A LEGEND RETURNS...

20 June 2016

The Club officially confirmed the return of City legend Stuart McCall this Monday (20 June 2016) as the Bantams' new first team manager.

McCall, who celebrated his 52nd birthday earlier this month, will be assisted at Valley Parade by his number two, Kenny Black.

Stuart and Kenny have previously worked together at famous Scottish sides Motherwell and Rangers.

As arguably one of the most popular figures to ever represent the club, McCall will certainly need no introduction to the vast amount of Bradford City supporters.

Stuart was, of course, a product of City's youth system and made his debut at Reading on 28, August 1982, when he deputised for Ces Podd.

 

He became an integral part of the team that won the Third Division Championship in 1984-85.


McCall was picked for England and Scotland U-21s on the same day in 1984, choosing England. However, he remained on the substitutes’ bench that day and eventually switched to play for the senior Scotland side. He made his debut for them in March 1988, ironically against England.

 

Perhaps the highlight of McCall's career came when he represented Scotland in the Italia 90 World Cup, where he scored against Sweden. He also played in Euro 96 for Scotland, but missed out on World Cup 1998. He was capped a total of 40 times for Scotland, scoring one goal.

 

With McCall still in the side, City narrowly failed to secure promotion in 1987-88 - missing by one point on the last day of the season.

 

McCall left City and joined Everton in June 1988 for £850,000. After a slow start to his Goodison Park career, he scored twice during the FA Cup final of 1989 to take the game into extra time. Liverpool's Ian Rush, who also scored two goals, secured victory for Liverpool. In total he made 103 appearances and scored six goals while on Merseyside.

 

In 1991 Stuart joined Rangers for £1.2 million. While there he won everything the Scottish game had to offer.

 

In the summer of 1998, he returned to Bradford and captained the side to promotion to the Premier League, City's elevation into the big time secured thanks to a dramatic last-day win at Wolves. 


McCall helped City to maintain their Premiership status in their first season in the top flight, however, relegation followed in 2001. At the end of the following campaign, McCall ended his playing days at Valley Parade. 


In April 2002, McCall's testimonial match against Rangers attracted over 21,000 to Valley Parade.

 

On 2 July, 2002 McCall joined Sheffield United where he played an integral part of their first-team side, despite his 39 years, and also coached the reserves to the League title. 


On 14 May 2007 following the Blades' relegation from the Premiership, Neil Warnock quit Bramall Lane and when it was made clear that McCall - his assistant - would not be promoted, he had his mind made up for him and another return to Valley Parade was confirmed.


McCall was officially confirmed as City boss for the first time later that month. He would remain in charge at Valley Parade for just under three years before leaving by mutual consent in February 2010.


After leaving the Bantams, McCall enjoyed a brief spell scouting for Norwich City before returning to management at Motherwell at the end of the year.


It would be at Motherwell where McCall and Black would work together for the first time.


During his time at Fir Park, McCall led Motherwell to a Scottish Cup Final and third and second-placed league finishes, allowing Well to play UEFA Champions League and Europa League football in the process.


McCall remained at Motherwell until his resignation in November 2014. While at Well, McCall was recruited to the backroom staff of the Scottish national side by manager Gordon Strachan.


Towards the end of the 2014/2015 season, McCall and Black were reunited again, this time at Ibrox when Stuart agree to take over the reins at Rangers.


McCall helped Rangers to the Premiership play-off final but they were defeated by former club Motherwell.


He would leave Ibrox at the end of that campaign but he continued his work with Scotland last season ahead of his return 'home' to Valley Parade this week.


Joining Stuart McCall on the coaching staff is the new assistant manager Kenny Black. Like Stuart, Kenny is also 52 years old.


Born in Stenhousemuir, Black was predominately a left-sided defender or midfielder during his playing career.

 

Black made his professional debut with Rangers in 1981 and had a brief spell with Motherwell before enjoying five years at Heart of the Midlothian.


During his time with Hearts, Black narrowly missed out on a league and cup double at the end of the 1985-86 season.


He tasted English football as a player between 1989 and 1991 when Portsmouth signed him for £350,000 in 1989. 


Black's next move saw him return up to Scotland to spend the next eight years with Airdrieonians.


Black would make over 250 appearances for Airdrie during his time at Excelsior Stadium.


While at Airdrie, Black won a winner's medal in Scottish Challenge Cup final when the Diamonds defeated Dundee in 1995.


He finished his playing career with spells at Raith Rovers and Airdrie United before going on to begin his managerial career with the latter in 2006.

 

Prior to taking over at Airdrie, Black had spent time as a coach at Leicester City under future Scotland manager Craig Levein. 


After four years subsequently with Airdrie, he became McCall’s assistant at Motherwell in early 2011.


The duo paired up with once again at Rangers when McCall took over at Ibrox in March 2015.


Black's coaching career has also seen him enjoy a spell as assistant coach to the Scottish national side.


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