Stephen Craigan admits he was shocked by Ian Baraclough’s dismissal at Motherwell and says it’s too early to think about being his permanent replacement.
Craigan has been appointed caretaker boss in the interim and is the bookmakers’ favourite to be given the job after Baraclough was sacked on Wednesday following a disappointing start to the season.
Motherwell had only won two games out of eight in the league and suffered League Cup disappointment to Morton but Craigan, a former Motherwell defender, concedes the decision to relieve Baraclough of his duties was a surprise.
“Wednesday afternoon was a bit of a shock for us,” he said. “I’ve never been involved in the coaching staff where someone has lost his job.
“It was very cold when we spoke. It was very disappointing.
“Within an hour I’d spoke to the owner and he asked me if I wanted to take the team.
“I think I’ve had a good relationship with the club for 15-18 years. There was no hesitation to take the job for me to and help the players out but inside it was a bit of a coldness because a good friend had lost his job.
“Ian did say to us the game moves on very quickly that we can’t sit in the past, we have to think forward and our focus is on Partick Thistle.”
Mixu Paatelainen and Kenny Shiels have put themselves forward for the position of manager but Craigan said he hadn’t had time to think about the role.
“There’s been so much going on over the last 48 hours I haven’t had a chance to think about where we are going and what we are doing,” he said.
“I’ve been in with the analysts trying to get some preparation done for the weekend game. I haven’t had a chance to speak to the players since the news broke.
“It’s entered my head somewhere along the line could I or couldn’t I do the job, but the sole focus has to be on the short term. We can’t think long term at the minute because there has been so much happening.
“Let’s get Friday and Saturday out of the way. We’ll maybe have clearer heads by [next week] but I was told first and foremost to take the game on Saturday and see how it goes.”