Motherwell manager hunt

Motherwell have entered the final stage of their managerial recruitment search.

The Fir Park board will complete the interview process on Wednesday and then choose from their five-man shortlist.

An appointment is expected to be made before Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with St Johnstone at Fir Park.

Writing on Twitter, chief operating officer Alan Burrows said: “Process is nearing a conclusion….. but Board is doing every bit of homework and diligence possible, as you would expect.”

Caretaker boss Stephen Robinson spoke to the board on Monday after steadying the ship in two games since Mark McGhee was sacked. The recently-returned first-team coach led Motherwell to a 2-1 victory at Kilmarnock before his team held Aberdeen until injury-time at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Niall McGinn hit the only goal of the game.

Former Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari, who left Finnish club SJK earlier this year, is reported to be in the frame. The 43-year-old held talks with Motherwell before McGhee was appointed.

Former Inverness boss John Hughes, who is on a short-term deal with Raith Rovers, emerged as one of the favourites with several bookmakers on Tuesday.

It is understood there is one “left-field” candidate on the shortlist who has not been mentioned in speculation over the appointment.

Motherwell have entered the final stage of their managerial recruitment search.

The Fir Park board will complete the interview process on Wednesday and then choose from their five-man shortlist.

An appointment is expected to be made before Saturday’s Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with St Johnstone at Fir Park.

Writing on Twitter, chief operating officer Alan Burrows said: “Process is nearing a conclusion….. but Board is doing every bit of homework and diligence possible, as you would expect.”

Caretaker boss Stephen Robinson spoke to the board on Monday after steadying the ship in two games since Mark McGhee was sacked. The recently-returned first-team coach led Motherwell to a 2-1 victory at Kilmarnock before his team held Aberdeen until injury-time at Pittodrie on Saturday, when Niall McGinn hit the only goal of the game.

Former Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari, who left Finnish club SJK earlier this year, is reported to be in the frame. The 43-year-old held talks with Motherwell before McGhee was appointed.

Former Inverness boss John Hughes, who is on a short-term deal with Raith Rovers, emerged as one of the favourites with several bookmakers on Tuesday.

It is understood there is one “left-field” candidate on the shortlist who has not been mentioned in speculation over the appointment.