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Motherwell coach John Philliben
"The mood in training was very subdued."
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Motherwell captain Greg Strong
It's up to us to lift ourselves."
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BBC Reporting Scotland's John Barnes
"Billy Davies had to rely on youths and free transfers"
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Tuesday, 18 September, 2001, 12:45 GMT 13:45 UK
Motherwell part with Davies
Billy Davies
Billy Davies is no longer manager of Motherwell
Billy Davies has become the first managerial casualty in Scotland this season after Motherwell announced his departure on Tuesday morning.

The Lanarkshire club stressed that the move had been "amicable" after Davies offered his resignation to chairman John Boyle.

Boyle insisted that Davies was in no way pushed out of the job.

But sources within the club told BBC Scotland that the 37-year-old had been called to meet Boyle and chief executive Pat Nevin and told that his performance as manager was not acceptable.

Motherwell dropped to the bottom of the Scottish Premier League on Sunday, precipitating the end of Davies' three-year reign.

Boyle insisted: "Billy decided it was time for a change, that it was best for him and best for the club - and we accepted that decision.

Team ripped out

"This is a sad day and I'd like to thank Billy for the work he has done.

"No one could doubt his commitment and enthusiasm.

We're just really sorry that we haven't done him justice
Greg Strong
"That said, things have not been going well for a while as a look at the league table will confirm."

Former Dunfermline Athletic, Motherwell, Rangers and St Mirren midfielder Davies had been in charge at Fir Park since October 1998.

But, with seven games played this season, the Lanarkshire side have managed just three draws and were easily brushed aside at Ibrox on Sunday.

Davies saw the heart of his team ripped out last season, with several key players moving on.

Andy Goram, John Spencer, Ged Brannan, Lee McCulloch, Steve McMillan, Don Goodman, Derek Townsley and Benito Kemble all left as Motherwell sought to reduce the wage bill.

Nine new faces arrived over the summer, but the new-look Motherwell have struggled to make an early impact.

Coaches Miodrag Krivokapic and John Philliben will look after first-team affairs this weekend, with Motherwell due to host Hearts.

Fir Park captain Greg Strong expressed sadness at Davies' departure.

"We've got a lot to thank him for," said the former Bolton Wanderers defender.

"We're just really sorry that we haven't done him justice."

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