Stuart McCall stays at Motherwell after Sheffield United talks

 

Stuart McCall has decided to stay on as Motherwell manager following talks with Sheffield United.

McCall, who is a former Blades player and coach, held discussions with the League One club about the vacancy.

Danny Wilson left Bramall Lane in April and caretaker Chris Morgan oversaw an unsuccessful promotion play-off campaign.

McCall told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It was a tough decision, but I've decided to turn down the job."

Motherwell finished second in the Scottish Premier League this season, sealing a place in next season's Europa League qualifying rounds.

There is no doubt Sheffield United are a fantastic club. But, after careful consideration and deliberation, I am more than happy to continue my current role at Fir Park

Stuart McCall Motherwell manager

McCall recently signed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Fir Park club until 2015.

But Motherwell granted the Blades permission to speak to their manager after a formal approach last week.

"It has been a really difficult last few days," McCall told Well's website. "As most people probably know, I spent five great years at Sheffield United.

"I was grateful to the board for allowing me to speak to them, but I went with an open mind.

"I had no desire to leave Motherwell after enjoying two-and-a-half great years at the club.

"There is no doubt Sheffield United are a fantastic club. But, after careful consideration and deliberation, I am more than happy to continue my current role at Fir Park.

"I have built up a tremendous feeling for Motherwell, the people who work at the club and the supporters. It would take something really special to tempt me away."

Motherwell chief executive Leeann Dempster said the Fir Park club were excited about the future under McCall.

"Our admiration for Stuart and the job he has done in the two-and-a-half years at Motherwell is certainly no secret," she said.

"However, we think it is only right never to stand in our staff's way if a big offer comes in.

"That is why we granted permission and respectfully remained silent during the process.

"That being said, we are absolutely delighted our manager has decided to stay with us.

"Stability and continuity when we are changing the squad is very desirable, so it's a huge bonus to have Stuart continue in his current role."