Stuart McCall has been appointed as the new manager of Motherwell on a two-and-a-half year contract, the Scottish Premier League club announced today.
Motherwell are currently sixth in the 12-strong Scottish top flight and McCall, out of football management since leaving English fourth division Bradford City in February, will be in charge against Hamilton this weekend.
"I am excited by the job and will give it my all," McCall said. "I know Motherwell very well as a club and have long respected what they are all about. They have produced some special talent over the years and done so in an entertaining way.
"It's a family club at the heart of the Scottish game and they are doing all the right things to be successful and sustainable. I have inherited a good squad with a proven system for identifying new and young talent.
"I want to build on that starting today [Thursday] to ensure we compete for success in the league, cup and Europe."
Motherwell chairman John Boyle added: "The board are truly delighted to welcome Stuart McCall to the club and begin a new era for the Motherwell family. We are enormously grateful to everyone who applied for and advised on this crucial appointment for our club.
"In Stuart we have secured the services of a proven winner with huge experience in the game and all of the attributes on our target list. He is a natural leader and has impressed us enormously with his thoughtful assessment of how he will go about the job.
"Stuart will fit in well at Motherwell and will play an important role in all we want to achieve in building a modern club with family and community appeal. All Motherwell fans will wish Stuart every success and a long and happy tenure at the club."