Baraclough takes lessons from the past in order to go forward

Ian Baraclough
Ian Baraclough

New Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough says his sacking by Sligo Rovers has made him a better manager.

Despite a trophy-laden two-year spell at the Showgrounds where he won the League of Ireland, FAI Cup and Setanta Sports Cup, Baraclough was dismissed in June following a poor start to the season.

Baraclough said: “I spoke to someone who said you aren’t really a manager until you’ve been sacked and you have those blips where for one reason or another the relationship breaks down or the club wants to go in another direction as happened in Ireland.

“We’d won a trophy just five or six weeks before I was sacked, so for me I’m still on the upwards curve.

“I probably took the Scunthorpe job at the wrong time, but I certainly learned from it – and likewise at Sligo and I think now there was things I could have handled better.

“Each job is different in its own way, and I will learn from those experiences and when they crop up again in a different type of guise I’ll know how to handle them better.”

Baraclough will retain the current coaching staff of Kenny Black and Gordon Marshall for the time being and spoke of Black in glowing terms.

He said: “I definitely see a role for the likes of Kenny Black and Gordon Marshall going forward.

“I’m going to have further conversations with Kenny, but his is the type of character I want in and around the building.

“I want an assistant with a knowledge of Scottish football and Kenny has that, he’s been around here, knows the players and been successful so why wouldn’t I want someone of that ilk?”

Baraclough visited the Motherwell Bois on Saturday as they held a food drive before the Ross County game and is determined to ensure ’Well are prominent in the community.

He said: “I think getting involved with the community is a big part of my job as manager and a role the players should have, we are a business that promotes the community and the town.

“We have to get ourselves out there amongst the people, because they need to feel that they can come and approach us and we are one of them.

“I’ll be living in the area and certainly trying to get around local businesses and schools and getting that connection because it all helps on matchdays because they want to come and see the players and the team doing well.”

Baraclough hopes ’Well will play expansive football, but warned it won’t come at the expense of results.

He said: “My philosophy is to develop players and create a winning mentality, I want to manage as high as possible and I want the players to have the belief they can play at the very top.

“I’d like the players to be positive in what they are doing and have the mindset to put on a show for the fans – they put their hands in their pockets and they come to be entertained.

“But we aren’t just here to be entertainers, it is still about winning games of football and we have to find a way of doing that.”