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Monday, 1 October, 2001, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Motherwell in no hurry
John Philliben (far right) was in charge of Motherwell at McDiarmid Park
John Philliben (far right) was in charge of Motherwell at McDiarmid Park
Motherwell chief executive Pat Nevin has refused to rule John Philliben out of the running for the vacant manager's job at Fir Park.

Billy Davies was sacked a fortnight ago after a disappointing start to the new campaign and coaches Philliben and Miodrag Krivokopic have taken over first team matters which has coincided with a return to form in the Premier League.

They defeated Hearts last weekend and put some light between themselves and rock-bottom St Johnstone on Saturday with a 3-2 victory at McDiarmid Park.

Krivokopic has already ruled himself out, but Philliben has expressed an interest to take the job on a full-time basis.

His hopes have been tarnished slightly by the CIS Insurance Cup exit to Lanarkshire rivals Airdrie, but Nevin insists he is in the frame.


We're certainly in no rush to do it just now and we'll do it in our own time and make an announcement when the time is right
Motherwell chief executive Pat Nevin
"We have said from the start that he is being considered and that is still the case," said the former Scotland star. "He has certainly not harmed his chances."

Nevin admits that Saturday's result gives them some breathing space to carefully consider the applicants and to find the right man.

"In all honesty I don't think it's going to be done quickly," said Nevin.

"I'm hoping to speak to the board by Thursday and we'll continue to discuss the matter after that so we'll have to see what will happen.

"We're certainly in no rush to do it just now and we'll do it in our own time and make an announcement when the time is right.

"I'd like to get it done as quickly as possible, but there are 43 serious candidates and we will be really careful when considering them."

Airdrie manager Ian McCall is among the front runners with the bookies and Paul Sturrock, Jocky Scott and Tommy Burns also rate among the favourites for the post.

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