13 Oct Falling in love again
They say you should never go back, to an old love or in Mark McGhee’s case, an old club. Today, McGhee did just that by taking over as the new manager of Motherwell for a second time.
Is it the right move or indeed the last move for the likeable 58 year-old?
The current Scotland assistant was desperately trying to get back into management, but I don’t think too many people foresaw a return to the Fir park hot seat, six year after his last stint in Lanarkshire.
Only time will tell if he’s made the right decision to go back, and to be specific, that time usually takes up to or before three years, because that is the average period McGhee stays at any one club.
Throughout Mark McGhee’s career in management of nine clubs, three years is usually the period it takes owner, fans or the man himself to fall in and out of love.
McGhee can be a very divisive character when you ask supporters of different clubs their opinion of him.
The Dons legend is not highly regarded by Aberdeen fans for his managerial exploits, nor his apparent love of a former club Celtic, but his achievements as a player in red are beyond question.
Ask Reading, Leicester and Wolves fans about the early period of his step into management and there are contrasting views on start, middle and the end of his reign at each club.
Millwall and Brighton tasted success under McGhee, but ultimately it all ended before or as close to the magic number of three years in charge.
Motherwell fans may have been unhappy at his decision to leave Fir park, first time around, but his record with the Steelmen of a 3rd place finish and qualification for Europe has not been forgotten by a usually unforgiving support.
The respect he received for his handling of the tragic death of Phil O’Donnell is also well remembered by the claret and amber faithful, and at that particular time, all the supporters in Scotland appreciated the dignified way he guided Motherwell through a difficult time.
I am slightly biased in my hope that McGhee does well for the ‘Well. I like Mark and my friendship with him spans more than the average three years he usually stays in one place.
Going back is never easy and sometimes trying to achieve similar successes can prove difficult. If Mark McGhee is able to do just that, I hope he hangs around that little bit longer to repay some of the love that Motherwell displayed in re-appointing him.