Stuart McCall knew it was time to go when he woke up in the middle of the night worrying about Friday’s clash with Dundee United.
After nearly four years in charge McCall resigned as Motherwell manager on Sunday with St Johnstone having condemned his side to their fifth defeat in a row.
He said: “I struggled to sleep after Friday’s game with St Johnstone then woke up again during the night Saturday into Sunday, thinking about the Dundee United game and I just couldn’t come up with any answers.
“I felt that with the international break coming up, now would be a good time to step aside to allow the club time.
“I have a hope that with a fresh voice and maybe some new ideas, it will give the players that little boost they need.
“I felt that if I didn’t have the same hunger or desire, if I was deflated, then the players would sense that and that’s not what they, or the club, needs at this point.
“This season has been difficult and when you become apprehensive about the next game, that’s your body’s way of telling you that maybe things have come to an end.
“Both as a player and manager, you should work all week and really look forward to matches, but if you have that negativity in your head, it’s difficult and I don’t want that to make our situation any worse.”
Assistant manager Kenny Black will take charge when Dundee United visit Fir Park for ’Well’s third and final Friday night game in a row.
The two sides will also meet at Fir Park on the weekend of November 29 after being drawn together in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.