Sutton hopes this will be the start of a new dawn

John Sutton couldn't celebrate his first goal for three months after a clash of heads with Josh Law
John Sutton couldn't celebrate his first goal for three months after a clash of heads with Josh Law

John Sutton admits he was trawling the internet to find out about new manager Ian Baraclough, and was impressed with what he found.

The Motherwell striker scored his first goal for nearly three months on Saturday in the draw with Ross County, and hopes his new boss can help guide the side away from a relegation battle.

Sutton said: “Always keen to know who the new man will be, disappointing in some respects that it isn’t Kenny Black because the boys were right behind him.

“The boys love Kenny, but it’s up to the manager whether he stays on, we lost Stuart McCall and Kenny did a magnificent job taking the reins which wasn’t easy for him and did as much as he possibly could to hand things over to the new manager.

“You look at the new manager’s record in Ireland and it’s strong so I think he’ll give us a fresh voice and fresh ideas and I think whatever age you are in the dressing room, you want to get better – and hopefully he’s going to come to the club and do that.

“Once it was out there who the different candidates were, you are on the internet checking them out and it seems that he’s had a successful career both as player and in management.

“The League of Ireland is a strong league and he won it with a team who hadn’t won it for many years so hopefully can come here, and while it might be a bit much to win the league with Motherwell, certainly be successful.”

Sutton was pleased to finally hit the net for the first time since the visit to Celtic Park in September, but says his own record isn’t important if the team is winning.

He said: “It’s nice to score, but in those three months we haven’t won too many games which has been the bigger disappointment.

“If we had been winning, then it wouldn’t have mattered.

“Hopefully my goal on Saturday would have brought us back in it to win it, but thankfully it counted for something with the point.

“I don’t think our performances have been at a level we would’ve liked this year, but there is no question about the boys’ commitment and hopefully with the new manager we can keep improving and three points at St Mirren on Saturday would be nice.”