He’s used to featuring in front of packed Everton fans or stands full of Scotland supporters – and Stuart McCall insists his desire to return to football isn’t there without fans.

The 56-year-old is without a club after leaving the manager’s role at his beloved Bradford City last season, playing in front of no fans due to Covid-19. McCall featured as a player with Everton down south while he appeared 40 times for the Scotland national team.

Tonbridge Angels v Bradford City - FA Cup First Round

The Everton hero has no desire for a return to football just now. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Telling NTOF about his summer plans, the former Everton player – who has also managed Motherwell and Rangers – says he isn’t keen on returning to football without supporters, instead opting to fully focus on enjoying Scotland’s return to a major tournament for the first time since 1998 at Euro 2020.

McCall said: “I’m just doing bits and bobs of media at the moment. I am also going to take a week out in a caravan in the north of Scotland as it’s meant to be lovely at this time of year! I am going to enjoy the football. From a football perspective, I have no desperate desire to return.


“That’s especially until we get fans back in the stadiums and we get that connection. I have no immediate itch to get back yet and that might come again when the new domestic season gets back up and running. I might get that buzz back when fans are back. It affects me not having them, I don’t get that same buzz or adrenalin with nobody there.

Tonbridge Angels v Bradford City - FA Cup First Round

Not the same. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

“It worked against me negatively at Braford City. You need your connection to the fans. Just to see the fans queuing up for their programmes and stuff, you need that connection between you and punters. Especially if you are going to a new club, you just didn’t get that last season. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see a full stadium.”

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