’Well head for sun without McFadden

MOTHERWELL left James McFadden at home at the weekend as the team flew to Portugal to continue pre-season training.

The Scotland star had linked up with his former club for training at Dalziel Park last week, but with manager Stuart McCall admitting he can’t even afford to compete with English non-league clubs, there was no seat on the plane for McFadden.

McCall said: ““Last season I was fighting against League Two and non-league clubs for players - now I can’t get near the wages down there.

“Maybe the days of bringing Nicky Law, Steve Jennings, Darren Randolph and Michael Higdon up here have gone.

“The quality of the players we bring in, compared to the last five or six years, won’t be the same. That’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, ’Well vice-chariman Derek Weir has resigned from his position stating he can’t give enough of his time to the club as the Scottish game lurches from crisis to crisis.

He has agreed to stay on as a director, but will not seek re-election to the board at the club’s agm on Monday, July 16.

A club statement read: “The club has been advised by Derek Weir that he will be stepping down from the role of vice-chairman.

“Over the past two years Derek has dedicated a significant amount of his personal time to working on club issues and representing the club on the SPL board.

“As a result of the number of extremely difficult and complex issues currently facing the game, Derek feels he is no longer able to make the time commitment required to properly fulfil the role at the club and that he needs to refocus on his other business and family matters.

“We would like to thank Derek for the significant contribution he has made to the club in his role as vice-chairman during the past two years.”