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Gannon hits out at McGhee talk

Motherwell winger Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien in good form for Well

Jim Gannon has criticised his predecessor as Motherwell manager, Mark McGhee, over speculation that Aberdeen will move for winger Jim O'Brien.

McGhee has been linked with a possible pre-contract agreement with O'Brien.

And Gannon said: "I think it's symptomatic of the poor practice here, either from the journalist speculating or the manager feeding the journalist.

"I think it's inappropriate for any manager to comment on our players when they are under contract."

McGhee signed the 22-year-old, who began his career at Celtic, during his time at Fir Park and has talked of his admiration of the player.

The teams meet at Fir Park on Saturday and Gannon is sure O'Brien will be focused on the task in hand.

"The players have the right to speak to other clubs from 1 January, but not now, and I think it's an undue distraction," continued Gannon. "Maybe that's what they are trying to achieve.

"I've spoken to Jim, we are both exactly clear on where we both stand and how we get through this period and what we want to achieve in the long term.

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"I think Jim will be very focused come Saturday and I think he is looking forward to having a good game against Aberdeen."

On the topic of McGhee making his interest in O'Brien public, Gannon added: "Sometimes managers give their views in confidence to certain people but sometimes they have to be careful about how it gets into the press and not to use the press as a vehicle to get information across.

"Mark is quite friendly with the press. I understand how football works.

"It's no big issue, hopefully it's a good game and hopefully we can share a drink and talk about the positives."

Meanwhile, Gannon has urged Motherwell fans not to repeat the extreme abuse directed towards McGhee when the teams met at Pittodrie in August.

"I don't think, whether it be in football or society, we should tolerate that behaviour and hopefully people behave themselves, and if not, hopefully people take action against them," he said.



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