Craig Brown and Archie Knox ready to steady Motherwell

Craig Brown and Archie Knox ready to steady Motherwell
Craig Brown and Archie Knox ready to steady Motherwell

Motherwell are set to appoint Craig Brown and Archie Knox as a caretaker managerment team following the a split with Jim Gannon. The former Scotland manager has confirmed that talks are ongoing and he is likely to be officially appointed later today.

A club spokesman said yesterday: "They are hoping to reach some kind of agreement with him tomorrow. They were looking to see who was available on an interim basis."

Knox assisted Brown for three years of his eight year spell as Scotland boss. The experienced pair will be asked to steady the ship after Gannon’s swift exit from Fir Park.

Brown got his managerial break as an assistant at Motherwell. His first full appointment was at Clyde before he joined the national set-up and guided Scotland to Euro 96 and France 98. He has been out of management since a two-year spell with Preston North End which finished in 2004.

Knox has been an assistant at Aberdeen, Everton, Manchester United and Rangers and was a caretaker manager for Bolton Wanderers in 2007. More recently he was a first-team coach at Blackburn Rovers under Paul Ince.

Gannon’s departure came after a period of strained relationships within the club. The English manager had only been in the role for six months during which time he had apparently refused to sign the contracts which the club offered him.

Sources report that Gannon made his decision to leave after the 3-1 home defeat to St Johnstone. A disagreement allegedly followed over a demand for compensation from the manager, despite the fact that he was not working under a binding contract.

Gannon won October’s manager of the month award but failed to translate that into league success – taking just four wins from the season so far.

Club chairman John Boyle said yesterday: "Generally, results on the field have been satisfactory since Jim Gannon was appointed and the board wishes to make it clear that today's decision is not related in any way whatsoever to recent results.

"Over the past couple of months, it has become abundantly clear that the manager was not fully committed to the club and, despite our best efforts, he repeatedly refused to sign a contract."

He concluded: "Relations between the manager, staff and directors deteriorated to the extent that the situation became untenable."

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