Faddy: we’ll cope with loss of Marv

James McFadden evades Dundee's Paul McGowan in the 0-0 draw at Fir Park on August 27 (Pic by Alan Watson)
James McFadden evades Dundee's Paul McGowan in the 0-0 draw at Fir Park on August 27 (Pic by Alan Watson)

Motherwell player/assistant gaffer James McFadden insists the club will cope with the loss of wantaway winger Marvin Johnson.

A long running transfer saga was finally brought to an end on Transfer Deadline Night when the 25-year-old penned a three-year deal with Oxford United.

Faddy said: “We’ll cope because we have to cope.

“Marvin’s gone now and we need to move on.

“It was a wee bit bitter the way he left, the way it happened but that’s football.

“Marvin didn’t want to be here any more – he made that plainly obvious.

“So we’re better off with players that want to be here as opposed to guys that don’t.

“He will be a big loss in terms of what he brought to the team.

“But we’ll have to deal with it and it’s up to other players now to step up and take on that mantle.”

Faddy (33) said he had enjoyed taking Motherwell training during Mark McGhee’s recent duties as Scotland assistant manager; the Scotland legend said that the players’ response had been “brilliant”.

“I’m getting into the role and I’m still learning obviously,” McFadden added.

“And I’ve got a lot to learn.

“It’s started well and hopefully it keeps going the way it’s going.

“I’m just waiting to do my assessment and hopefully get my ‘A’ Licence as soon as I can.

“It’s been a bit hectic the last couple of weeks but I’m booked in for that and hopefully I’ll get that done soon.”

Faddy’s boss McGhee was with Scotland for Sunday night’s emphatic 5-1 World Cup qualifying win in Malta in which Robert Snodgrass scored a hat-trick.

“It was comfortable in the end,” McFadden added.

“We were expected to win and we did that comfortably and that’s the most pleasing point.

“Sometimes in the past we’ve struggled against the so called lesser sides.

“So it’s a great start, lays a marker down and sets the standard for the rest of the campaign.”

McFadden was speaking on Wednesday at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Sports Facility before the start of the annual five-a-side North Lanarkshire football tournament in aid of suicide prevention week.

Scotland has made vast strides in cutting the numbers of people who die by suicide over the last decade but men in their 30-50s remain more vulnerable. More people die by suicide in Scotland than by road traffic accidents.

The event – which was contested by over 20 teams – is designed to raise awareness and to also highlight that there is help to those who need it.

McFadden added: “This tournament brings people together.

“It gives people who have problems a bit of a release.

“We all know the importance of football and it’s all about having fun.

“There might be people having similar types of problems and it gives them a chance to meet up and speak about it.

“This tournament has been played for the past eight years and I’m delighted to lend my support.”