Ian Baraclough parts company with Motherwell

Ian Baraclough has left Motherwell (Pic by Graeme Hart)
Ian Baraclough has left Motherwell (Pic by Graeme Hart)

Motherwell FC today (Wednesday) have announced that they have parted company with manager Ian Baraclough.

The former Sligo Rovers gaffer (44) leaves Fir Park after a poor start to the season which has seen ’Well take just seven points out of 24 in this season’s Scottish Premiership.

Hopes had been high that ’Well could launch a top six challenge this season after they dismantled Rangers 6-1 under Baraclough in a two-legged relegation play-off at the end of the last campaign.

But ’Well have won just two league games this season and on Tuesday night were eliminated from the League Cup after losing 3-2 after extra time at Championship outfit Morton.

A statement on the Motherwell website said: “The board of directors would like to sincerely thank Ian for his great efforts last season and keeping the club in the SPFL Premiership for this very important season in the club history, with the 130th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Scottish Cup celebrated at the end of the season.

“The board will immediately commence the search for a new manager.

“In the interim, current Under-20s boss Stephen Craigan, along with Stephen Robinson and Jim Hollman, will handle first-team affairs.”

Baraclough leaves his Fir Park post nine months after arriving as Stuart McCall’s replacement.