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Motherwell manager Craig Brown aims high


Award is for entire Motherwell club says Brown

By John Barnes & Martin Conaghan

Motherwell manager Craig Brown aims to make the Fir Park side a major force in Scotland after agreeing to remain in his post until the end of next season.

On receiving his Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month for January award, he said he wanted to get as close to the Old Firm as possible.

"We're determined to be the third force in Scottish football," said Brown.

"But we're realistic and know it'll be very hard to challenge the Old Firm - they're very strong in every respect."

The former Scotland boss, who turns 70 in July, has made a great impact since taking over at Fir Park at the tail end of last year.

He replaced Jim Gannon on a temporary basis but has since earned a longer stay in the dugout.

Last month saw Motherwell win three and draw once on league duty, without conceding a goal, although they did crash out of the Scottish Cup to Inverness Caley Thistle.

Brown and his assistant Archie Knox will continue until the end of next season and the manager hopes that the clarification over his future will help the club's long-term prospects, particularly when challenging the dominance of Rangers and Celtic.

"If we can get up there close to Celtic and Rangers, we'll be pleased - and that's our objective," said Brown.

"We've committed for the next 18 months at Motherwell, and that's pleasing for us - and hopefully for the club too.

"When you're dealing with players, trying to keep them or sign them, we can confidently now say we'll be here next year.


"That might chase some away but we hope not!

"Most of the players say 'are you going to be here?' or is Archie going to be here and when we say we are, I think it is helpful."

Brown was in typically modest mood when accepting the award, hailing goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr, physio John Porteous and head of youth Gordon Young for their contribution.

He added: "It should at least be a joint award, if not a group award, because I have got the best colleague in the business in Archie Knox."

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