Mark-ed man for Motherwell job

Mark McGhee returns to Fir Park
Mark McGhee returns to Fir Park

Motherwell announced the return of Mark McGhee as manager on a two-year deal today (Tuesday).

McGhee (58) previously enjoyed a largely successful two-year spell as Motherwell manager between June 2007 and June 2009, before leaving Fir Park to take over as gaffer at top flight rivals Aberdeen.

He said: “The circumstances that I left here were, in some ways, misrepresented.

“At the time I saw me leaving here as a positive for Motherwell Football Club at a time when there were financial problems.

“Me leaving here – trust me – helped them out big time. And I still get thanks from (ex-Motherwell owner) John Boyle for that.

“I didn’t actually leave here with the intention to go to Aberdeen. As people know, I thought I was going to Celtic and ended up at Aberdeen.

“All that is history; it doesn’t sit at all in my mind, I’m just delighted to be back and I’m convinced this is something I’m going to get my teeth into.”

McGhee, assistant Scotland manager to Gordon Strachan, was with the national team as it ended the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 6-0 victory over Gibraltar in Portugal on Sunday night.

’Well chairman Brian McCafferty was also in Portugal earlier this week; and it was he and club owner Les Hutchison who had the ultimate say over Ian Baraclough’s replacement as boss.

McGhee’s first game back at Fir Park will be against his old club Celtic on Saturday.

He joked: “That’s not the hardest possible start for me, it could have been Celtic away from home!”