Motherwell set deadline to bring in new boss

Motherwell say they hope to have a manager in place before they entertain Celtic at Fir Park on October 17.

Interim boss Stephen Craigan is currently in charge and will take the team for their match against Dundee this Saturday.

Craigan got off to a winning start against Partick Thistle last weekend but has yet to confirm whether he wants the job on a permanent basis.

The Steelmen have revealed they have had over 75 applications for the job and began the process of looking through the candidates this week.

Craigan remains the favourite with bookmakers to get the job while former Hibernian and Kilmarnock boss Mixu Paatelainen and Kenny Shiels have also indicated their interest in the Fir Park hotseat.

“The board met on Monday evening for an initial review of the list of applicants for the role of first-team manager,”  a club’s spokesman said.

“We have received in excess of 75 applications and are delighted with the high quality of candidates.

“We are keen to undertake a detailed interview process to ensure we appoint a manager who shares the vision for the club and has the skills necessary to achieve the various goals required.

“Due to the number of applicants, it will take some time to complete the selection process and no interviews will take place this week.

“The board have therefore asked Stephen Craigan to continue in his position for the Dundee game this Saturday, which he has agreed to do.

“The club hope to make an appointment prior to the next game after the international break.”

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