Ian McCall says the time will come for discussion on how the 2019/20 season ended for Partick Thistle.

The Jags are preparing for life in League One following a demotion to the third tier in controversial circumstances. Despite sitting two points from safety with a game to spare, they were relegated from the Championship following 2019/20’s curtailment.

Tough end. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst McCall does have very strong opinions on it, he’s not willing to air them just now, as he wants to focus on the league campaign ahead.

“I’ve made a vow not to talk about it,” said McCall. “In the five months when it was all happening I didn’t feel it was appropriate for me to speak about it. I’ve got my feelings about it and when the time is right I’ll talk about it but that’s not now.


“I just want to move on with the football, try and complete a season and see where we finish, respect every team we play and try to win football matches. I’ve got very, very strong opinions about it but it’s pointless me giving them just now.

“There will be a time and a place for that but it’s not before a season. Listen, I think every manager uses what they can. My mission was to change what I believe was a fractured football club and to get everybody pulling in the one direction.

“There are many, many ways to do that but the best way to do it is to get good footballers in my experience. I don’t want players to feel resentment, I want them to go out and enjoy playing football and win football matches fair and square.

“The other stuff, I’ll talk about that down the line but there’s enough going on for me and I don’t really want to add to that just now. Albeit when I do talk about it, I think some of my words will be quite strong. But now is definitely not the time for me to talk about that kind of stuff.

A ‘magical club’

Whilst there will be a burning desire to make up for lost time after three hard years for the football club, it hasn’t quelled the love fans have for Partick Thistle.

Fans have continued to back the club (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Over the summer they have raised funds for the team via various methods, less than 4% of fans claiming for a refund on season ticket games they didn’t get to see last season. McCall has praised the backing his club have received, but it doesn’t surprise him.

“Our fans have been through the ringer, and that’s not just to do with the last five months, the last three years at our club haven’t been good enough,” says McCall. “And I’m part of that. Every single person involved would hold their hands up.

“It has to be better and it’s been a tough watch for the fans. To be in the top six of the Premiership and three seasons later be in League One, there are reasons for that, but ultimately the team hasn’t been good enough on the pitch and that’s what we’ve got to put right.

Things have to be amended. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I have been up with the Charitable Trust a couple of times. There’s been tremendous interaction with our club and our fans and that doesn’t surprise me. I was there on Christmas Day when we fed who knows how many elderly.

“It’s a magical club and there’s a great relationship between the fans and the club. As I said, to finish in the top six then be in League One three seasons later, that would be hard for any club to take I think.”

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