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By ESPN Staff
Jan 5, 2007

'Rangers role not for me': McCall

Sheffield United assistant manager Stuart McCall has no intention of joining Rangers and is determined to play his part in helping the Blades stay in the Premiership.

McCall has been mentioned as part of a possible backroom team at Ibrox, with Walter Smith and Ally McCoist favourites to be handed the reins following Paul Le Guen's departure yesterday.

McCall is emerging as a talented coach, today taking training ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie with Swansea at Bramall Lane with United boss Neil Warnock ill.

The former Rangers player has made no secret of his desire to one day become a manager in his own right, and has been linked with a number of jobs already this season.

Although only working with a one-year contract he signed in the summer, McCall wants to see out the next few months with United.

'I don't think me going up to manage Rangers would happen in a million years. It's a crazy suggestion,' said McCall.

'My name has been mentioned as part of a backroom team, but then all season my name has been linked with things.

'I signed a year's contract in the summer, and I can't emphasise this enough, I love the job I am doing.

'I love working with this group of players, and it's a great challenge we face to keep the club in the Premiership.

'My focus is totally on that, and I am happy with that.'

Although McCall has the respect of the United players, Warnock and the board, he concedes he has not yet been approached about staying on.

'When this contract comes to an end, we'll sit down again,' added McCall.

'I signed my current deal almost a month out of contract. I would not like to be in that situation again and see it drag on as long as that.

'But there are other things to sort out first on the management side and with players.

'But it won't be discussed until the end of the season, if it is discussed at all.'

Crucially for United and Warnock, their key concern is signing new players in the transfer window to help them remain in the Premiership.

While the Blades have unsurprisingly been linked with a number of players as Warnock has £7million to spend, top of their shopping list is Leeds defender Matthew Kilgallon.

'When he played against us last season he was excellent, and I saw him two or three other times and he was their leading player ' recalled McCall.

'So it's a possibility, but at the moment no more than that. We've been linked with a number of players, but Kilgallon keeps coming back and he is a player we have been interested in.'

Warnock is planning to make a number of changes for the visit of the League One Swans with survival the priority.

Captain Chris Morgan starts a three-match ban after yesterday being found guilty of violent conduct in an incident with Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

Striker Rob Hulse also serves a one-match suspension for picking up five bookings this season, while midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is out with an ankle injury.