Motherwell FC News – Nov 1998
Motherwell FC News
This month’s MIDI – "My Girl" by Madness
Ricky’s report of the Kilmarnock game is now available.
Bobby Jenks has been sacked from his post of chief scout and youth development officer at Fir Park. He quit Hearts in August to return to Motherwell and has recruited hundreds of local kids to his Saturday soccer academies. Bobby has been a scout for 30 years but ‘Well boss Billy Davies told him last week he was being replaced and will now seek compensation from the club. Jenks will be replaced by David McParland.
Alisdair Barron was confirmed as Motherwell’s new secretary at the agm on Monday, following the departure of Alan Dick to Partick Thistle.
Motherwell have no major injury worries for Saturday’s game against Celtic. Steve Woods is making good progress from his ankle injury and could be back in action in a couple of weeks.
Ricky’s report of the Hearts game is now available.
Jered Stirling’s move to FC Utrecht has fallen through. The 22-year-old played in a trial match last week but didn’t impress Utrecht coach Mark Wotte, who said:
"He’s a very good offensive player, but we need a left-sided player who is stronger in defence."
A report in today’s Sunday Mail claims that several Japanese clubs are interested in John Spencer. A move to the J-League would make Spenny an instant millionaire.
Billy Davies has denied reports that he is set to sign his brother John from Ayr United.
It has emerged that Lee McCulloch received a straight red card for violent conduct in last week’s game against Dundee Utd, and not two yellow cards as had been first thought. This means he will not only be suspended for tomorrow’s game against Hearts, but also for the matches against Kilmarnock and Celtic later this month.
Reports suggest that Crystal Palace will have a scout at Fir Park tomorrow to watch Steve McMillan.
Motherwell are no longer interested in Andy Goram after the 34-year-old failed to contact Billy Davies before Monday’s deadline.
Greig Denham will learn this week if he needs surgery on a knee injury.
Brian McClair resumed training this week although he is not expected back for another two weeks.
Billy Davies has rubbished reports suggesting Crystal Palace were poised to sign Steve McMillan, saying there had been no contact between the two clubs. However, Jered Stirling could clinch a move to FC Utrecht next week.
Andy Goram is expected to announce on Monday or Tuesday if he will be joining Motherwell. It appears as though FC Copenhagen are favourites to land him.
Reports suggest that Motherwell have pulled out of a deal for Man City striker Craig Russell.
Jered Stirling is expected to begin a week’s trial with FC Utrecht.
Shaun Teale has signed an 18 month contract with Motherwell.
Motherwell are reported to be lining up a bid for Everton defender Tony Thomas. He is a former team-mate of Pat Nevin and cost Everton £500,000 when he joined them from Tranmere a year ago, but is currently stuck in the reserves. Billy Davies watched him in action on Monday night.
Mark Reilly has turned down a move to Motherwell and has instead re-signed for Kilmarnock
Today’s Sun claims that Billy Davies is preparing a £300,000 move for Ayr United striker Glynn Hurst. A number of other clubs are believed to be interested.
Billy Davies says in today’s Daily Record that he won’t abandon the club’s foreigners in favour of British players. He said:
"The first thing I did when I took this job was to let the foreign lads know they had a future here. The fact that Spenny and Ged were my first signings is a coincidence – improving the team is all that matters."
Another report suggests that Benfica and Brescia are interested in Motherwell target Andy Goram.
Eliphas Shivute will play a trial match for Portsmouth on Wednesday. He has apparently been given a free transfer.
Today’s Sunday Mail links Motherwell with former Rangers goalkeeper Andy Goram. The 34-year-old former Scotland goalkeeper’s short-term deal with Sheffield United ended yesterday. Chances are he’ll be offered a contract until the end of the season.
Steve Woods is out for a month with an ankle injury he suffered in the warm-up before the Rangers’ game last Wednesday.
Newspaper reports suggest that John Boyle is paying the wages of new signings John Spencer and Ged Brannan, believed to be half a million pounds per season, out of his own pocket.
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