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Well not rushing boss appointment

Motherwell chairman John Boyle
Boyle reluctantly agreed to let Mark McGhee move on to Aberdeen

Motherwell do not expect to have a new manager in place before the start of pre-season training on Monday.

A club spokesman told BBC Scotland that they are unlikely to speak to applicants until the end of this week.

They are still examining their options following the departure of Mark McGhee, and assistant Scott Leitch, to Aberdeen on Friday.

Motherwell will return to competitive action in the first round of the Europa League on 2 July.

The Fir Park club had reluctantly agreed a compensation deal with Scottish Premier League rivals Aberdeen for their management team.

Motherwell chairman John Boyle said on Friday: "We are extremely sorry to see Mark and Scott leave.

"However, it is unrealistic for us to stand in the way of their ambitions.


"Both were great servants to Motherwell and brought us considerable success."

Former Motherwell players Gary McAllister, the former Leeds and Coventry manager, Chris McCart, head of youth development at Celtic, and Luc Nijholt, assistant to Co Adriaanse at Red Bull Salzburg, have been linked with the Fir Park vacancy already, as has Queen of the South boss Gordon Chisholm.

"The task begins to find a new manager," continued Boyle's statement.

"This will be done on a timely basis and we will quickly address what arrangements can be put in place to look after the team during the early European campaign."

Motherwell begin pre-season preparations on 22 June, ahead of their involvement in the Europa League qualifying rounds.

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