16 Mar Lasley gives backing to fan ownership
Motherwell captain Keith Lasley has backed fan ownership, believing it’s important to have the club’s destiny in the hands of those who care about it the most.
The Steelmen are set to become the first Premiership team to become fan-owned after majority stakeholder Les Hutchison sold his 76 per cent share in the club to the Well Society, with the deal to be confirmed in the next few weeks.
And skipper Lasley is full of optimism about the move.
“I think running a football club is a tough, tough thing to do especially in Scottish football where the finances are so tight,” he told PLZ Soccer.
“It will show the fans that it is a tight ship to run and one that is difficult on a day to day basis.
“It’s been a vision for the club for a long time now but I think it’s a positive move to have the people who care most about the club in charge of it.
“It’s hopefully going to be a good thing for the club in the long term.”
On the park, Mark McGhee’s men have built up some momentum heading into the split with three consecutive victories catapulting the Lanarkshire outfit into the top six.
Lasley though urged caution over getting carried away particularly after enduring the drama of the relegation play-offs last season.
“We’ve managed to get a few results, push ourselves up and given ourselves a little breathing space,” he said.
“It’s something we’ve not forgotten about. We’ve still got to focus on getting as many points before the split and seeing where that takes us.
“The last three weeks have given us great hope and encouragement for the rest of the season.
“People forget about the play-offs. Yeah, it ended well but the experience of going through it and being involved in it wasn’t much fun. We don’t want to be involved in that again.
“The league is so tight. It’s all about trying to guarantee that you’re not in the mix at the bottom of the table come the end of the season.”