Manager Ian McCall

Ian McCall
For the timeline overview see our Partickle: The Managerial Comings And Goings →; see also: Ian McCall (player) →; Ian McCall (opposition manager) →
Ian McCall
● Ian McCall, 2019 (BBC)

born in Scotland

Ian Holland McCall was born on Wednesday, 30th September, 1964, in Dumfries. He's currently serving his second spell as manager at Firhill.


(Fri-25-May-2007 ↔ Fri-15-Apr-2011; 3y,10m,21d)

The board took their time (two months) in appointing the next permanent manager after Dick Campbell. They were impressed by the high calibre of applicants for the job, and had interviewed Davie Hay, but it was former player Ian McCall, recently manager with Queen of the South, who was unveiled as the new Firhill gaffer in late May, 2007.

(42y,9m,11d) Wed-11-Jul-2007 [a] L0-2 Montrose (Friendly)
first – last of 197
(46y,6m,13d) Tue-12-Apr-2011 [h] L1-2 Falkirk (SFL First Division - game 31)

A second place finish in season 2008-09 was a decent effort, but, aside from that, Thistle failed to make the required progress during McCall's near 4-year tenure. For personal reasons, he wasn't fully focused on the job at this time, and it was considered in the best interest of all parties that he should quit, and this he did in April, 2011.


(Mon-23-Sep-2019 ↔ to date)

Post-Caldwell, Thistle had been denied permission to speak to Clyde's Danny Lennon, but there was no such barrier in place with regards to Ian McCall at Ayr, even though he had guided them to the Premiership play-offs last term, and was second in the Championship at the time of approach. This seemed like an ideal fit, even though he had ruled himself out a year earlier. The lure of the Thistle job was too strong this time around, and McCall seemed determined to deal with “unfinished business”. It's not very often that we see a genuine Partick Thistle man in the post, and it's always re-assuring to know that every possible effort is being made to further the cause of the Jags. At McCall's behest, Alan Archibald, who was still being paid contractually all the while, returned as coach, whilst Neil Scally, who'd been assistant at Ayr, made up the three man management team.

(54y,11m,26d) Wed-25-Sep-2019 [a] L0-5 Celtic (League Cup Quarter Final)

Despite the obvious will-to-win credentials, results were truly woeful. Sure, the pandemic stopped play and the SPFL's decision-making was appalling, but the truth is Thistle were relegated with a measly points-per-game ratio of 0.963, the club's lowest figure of all-time outwith the top-flight. An alarming lack of goals in 2020/21 had the side struggling in the third tier until seeds sown finally blossomed in April, when a record haul of 20 points in the calendar month secured the title and a return to the Championship. To be continued…

Ian has also managed at Clydebank (1997-2000), Greenock Morton (2000); Airdrieonians (2001-2002); Falkirk (2002-2003); Dundee United (2003-2005); Queen of the South (2005-2007) and Ayr United (2015-2019).

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