Valakari favourite for ’Well job

Simo Valakari pictured during his playing days with Motherwell (Pic by Allan Milligan)

Simo Valakari pictured during his playing days with Motherwell (Pic by Allan Milligan)

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A leading bookmakers firm this week listed former Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari as hot favourite to land the Fir Park manager’s job full-time.

The Finn (42), is currently managing in his homeland. The man who made 104 appearances for ’Well between 1996 and 2000, was today (Wednesday) 1/2 favourite to get the post made available by the recent sacking of Ian Baraclough.

Simo Valakari (Pic courtesy of SNS)

Simo Valakari (Pic courtesy of SNS)

Current caretaker boss Stephen Craigan was 5/1 second favourite with Sky Bet. Eighty-five applications have been received.

A club spokesman told the Times and Speaker on Tuesday afternoon that the club’s board had still to begin the process of whittling down the 85 names to a shortlist of five or six.

Simo Valakari (centre) in action for Motherwell against Hearts (Pic by Sandy Young)

Simo Valakari (centre) in action for Motherwell against Hearts (Pic by Sandy Young)