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36 minutes ago, Swello said:

If we are going to appoint someone today (or even tomorrow) - the lack of ITK or the fact that hacks seemingly don't have a clue at this very late stage is interesting.

[baseless speculation] If it was Simo, something would have leaked from Finland - if it was Hammy or another well known Scottish fitba person, it would have been known to the hacks here. I'm going mystery box 3 - someone that has not been involved in Scottish Football before [/baseless speculation]

Aye, I've mentioned this before but what I've been surprised by is the fact that we don't seem to have seen any names from the particular pool we usually recruit (or are often linked with). For example, last time out the names reported to have been interviewed were Tommy Wright, Alexander, Lasley and Simon Grayson.

For me Alexander was the fairly obvious choice in terms of profile, experience etc. Tommy Wright never looked like a fit for "Motherwell manager" regardless of what Eric Nicolson thought but Grayson fits in that kind of English L1 manager who's had a couple of big jobs in the past that we've not heard a peep from this time round and I honestly don't think that the job is any materially less attractive right now than it was when we were joint bottom of the league having been scudded 3-0 by Accies.

It kind of makes me wonder whether the Graham Alexander Experience has caused a board-level rethink about what we're actually looking for.

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18 minutes ago, Swello said:

If we are going to appoint someone today (or even tomorrow) - the lack of ITK or the fact that hacks seemingly don't have a clue at this very late stage is interesting.

[baseless speculation] If it was Simo, something would have leaked from Finland - if it was Hammy or another well known Scottish fitba person, it would have been known to the hacks here. I'm going mystery box 3 - someone that has not been involved in Scottish Football before [/baseless speculation]

This is what I find mad about folk seriously discussing Lennon as a potential option, do you really think *nobody* apart from Stephen Craigan would have caught wind of the possibly?

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Just now, YassinMoutaouakil said:

This is what I find mad about folk seriously discussing Lennon as a potential option, do you really think *nobody* apart from Stephen Craigan would have caught wind of the possibly?

Exactly - I would imagine we could 100% rule out anyone with any sort of OF connection (that's why we know it's not Lambert, Ferguson, Thomson) - there is literally no chance that would be kept secret, never mind one of the highest profile Celtic people. 

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1 hour ago, ZX1886 said:


Tbf, if he doesn’t it’ll probably be financial, not sure how long he has left on his current contract. Of all the names mentioned he’s definitely my preferred candidate.

It'll not be a financial aspect, IMO.  If we're going to the bother of interviewing him (again) for the gig, we'll know the details of what it costs to get him out of his current role, the cost of work permit applications and wages etc.  That will have to have been ok'd by the board before they got to this point.

If Simo's the best person out of those applying, he'll be appointed.  If he, with all of his managerial experience, is unable to outshine an Academy Director and some other c**t during an interview process, then he's simply not worth the expense. 

I'm looking forward to whoever is appointed.  At least it won't be Graham fucking Alexander.

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There will never have been a Motherwell manager who I want to succeed more - and I think he'll get more patience than most - but I still stick to my principal that no-one should be getting their first gig at a club like ours.

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2 minutes ago, YassinMoutaouakil said:

I adore Stevie Hammell but it's hard to argue this isn't a cheap/lazy option.

Best of luck to him, obviously. 

I think the appropriate phrasing is he's a continuity option.

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Chairman Jim McMahon said: “We ran a very robust process that started with over 70 applicants. We met last weekend to narrow that down to a final three and we spent time interviewing them over the last few days.

“All three candidates were impressive, and each brought their own positives, but Steven was the unanimous pick of the directors and Well Society board members who sat on the panel.

“He inspired us with not only his short-term plans to reshape the squad and adapt the style, but his medium to long-term vision around a fully integrated club and we felt this matched how we see the future of the club.

 

It's hard to argue with the people who met all the candidates... is it...?

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