Caretaker boss says Pittodrie clash just another game

Motherwell caretaker manager Gordon Young says his temporary charges are too professional to allow Saturday's trip to Pittodrie to turn into a grudge match.

Tensions between the two clubs are high following Craig Brown's resignation at Fir Park last week to take over the Aberdeen hotseat.

'Well accused the Dons of a 'gross discourtesy' and chairman John Boyle called for them to delay the appointment until after the two teams meet on Saturday.

However, Young, who also took over as caretaker following the departure of Jim Gannon last season, says there is no bitterness from the playing staff.

He said: ""The Aberdeen game will take care of itself and although the events of the past few days came as a shock I don't envisage a grudge match.

"We are professional at Motherwell and the guys are too experienced to allow this sort of thing to bother them and just want to get on with playing football.

"Some of the fans are annoyed over what has happened, but maybe Craig and Archie will look on it as a compliment if anyone is upset by their departure."

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"The Aberdeen game will take care of itself and although the events of the past few days came as a shock I don't envisage a grudge match.

"Unlike last year when we had some morale issues, this time I take over a much happier dressing room and a group of players who have grown together.

"We are professional at Motherwell and the guys are too experienced to allow this sort of thing to bother them and just want to get on with playing football.

"Some of the fans are annoyed over what has happened, but maybe Craig and Archie will look on it as a compliment if anyone is upset by their departure."

Young was in the dugout for Tuesday's match against Hearts and again at Pittodrie on Saturday.

But he will be happy to resume his career as head of youth development as soon as possible.

He said: "It is a privilege to perform this role, I don't think it's any secret I'm a Motherwell fan and I'm delighted to help out the club in any way I can.

"However, I'm happy in my current role within youth development and I will be pleased to continue it as we have some very good prospects coming through.

"If someone was to come in before Saturday that wouldn't be a problem, but I understand the club has to carry out proper due diligence and in the meantime I, along with the Stewart Kerr, John Porteus, Stephen Craigan and Bobby Jenks, will just endeavour to provide a support platform until the new man comes in."

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Meanwhile, Brown says as he and Knox did 'Well a favour, they have no right to be upset.

He said: "We answered the emergency call and gave a wholehearted one year of constant endeavour.

"We worked very, very hard with Motherwell and I definitely think it's a bit churlish of them to be resentful.

"It appears the club are a bit upset and I'm sorry about that because we wouldn't like to leave with any bad feeling whatsoever."