Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has snubbed the advances of former club Sheffield United to remain at Fir Park.
It is understood that the Blades were ready to pay £130,000 in compensation for their former assistant manager, but McCall was put off by the reduced budget on offer after the Yorkshire side failed to win promotion from League One.
He said: “It has been a really difficult last few days. As most people probably know, I spent five great years at Sheffield United.
“I was grateful to the board for allowing me to speak to them but I went with an open mind. I had no desire to leave Motherwell after enjoying two-and-a-half great years.
“There is no doubt Sheffield United are a fantastic club but, after careful consideration and deliberation, I am more than happy to continue my current role at Fir Park.
“I have built up a tremendous feeling for Motherwell, the people who work at the club and the supporters. It would take something really special to tempt me away.
“Along with the rest of the coaching staff and the board, we will continue preparations for the new season, adding new players to the squad and looking forward to a return to European football in early August.”
One man who has now cut ties with ’Well is Nicky Law who last week signed for Rangers, and the Ibrox club are also rumoured to be lining up a swoop for Chris Humphrey, but Leeds United too are interested in the winger.
Meanwhile, ’Well lost out on goalkeeper Craig Samson who has joined Kilmarnock from St Mirren.
McCall may now turn his attention to Oldham ’keeper Alex Cisak, with sources in the north-west suggesting he is keen on the 24-year-old Australian.