Motherwell FC News – Sep 1998
Motherwell FC News
Eliphas Shivute and Simo Valakari will miss Saturday’s game against Celtic as they have been called up for international duty. Eliphas will play for Namibia in their Africa 2000 qualifier against Congo, while Simo has kept his place for Finland’s Euro 2000 double header with Northern Ireland and Turkey.
Congratualtions to Ricky, who gets married later today!
Dundee have reduced admission prices for Saturday’s game at Dens Park to £8 and £4.
Tickets are now on sale for the home match against Celtic on Saturday, October 3. Normal prices apply and there will be a large family section in the Davie Cooper Stand where prices are £13 for adults and £3 for children.
Norwich City are reported to be interested in Lee McCulloch, who will be out of contract at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Hearts and Dunfermline are reported to be interested in Owen Coyle.
Motherwell’s home fixture against Rangers has been moved from Saturday, October 24 to Wednesday, October 28 due to Rangers involvement in the League Cup.
Greig Denham injured a knee last week and is expected to be out of action for at least two months.
John Boyle and Pat Nevin have both dismissed reports that Paul McStay is being lined up to take over from Harri Kampman within the next month. Boyle said:
"I can tell you that we are not lining up anyone to take over from Harri Kapman. The story about McStay is absolute tosh. I don’t think I have ever spoken to the man. There are suggestions that Harri is unhappy with the way the club is being run, but I spoke to him after the match on Saturday and he seemed perfectly affable and content."
Motherwell have signed striker Derek Adams from Ross County for £150,000. The 23-year-old, who has scored 52 goals in the last two seasons, turned down no fewer than SIXTEEN clubs to sign on at Fir Park. He is expected to make his debut against Killie next Saturday.
Today’s Sunday Post reports that former Celtic player Paul McStay is being lined up to be the next manager of Motherwell. Apparantly, Harri Kampman is unhappy working under new owner John Boyle and is considering his future.
Motherwell have once again slashed admission prices following the success at the games against Dunfermline and Dundee Utd. Prices for the Kilmarnock match on Saturday, September 19 are £8 for adults, £4 for OAPs/students and £2 for children.
Pat Nevin may have to wait to make his Motherwell debut as Harri Kampman has no immediate plans to bring his into the side. The Motherwell Times reports that the club’s new chief executive looks set to be sitting on the sidelines against Aberdeen on Saturday.
At long last I’ve updated the Links page. Please mail me if there are any others you think I should add.
Tonight’s Under-21 game at Fir Park finished Motherwell 3, Rangers 3.
One of today’s papers reports that Motherwell director and general manager Alan Dick is set to quit the club.
The latest striker to be linked with Motherwell is Leeds’ Derek Lilley. The former Morton foward would cost around £350,000.
The reported transfer fee paid to Kilmarnock for Pat Nevin varies from £80,000 to £150,000 depending on what newspaper you read. He is though to be earning almost five times as much as he was on at Kille, making him the highest paid employee in Motherwell’s history. Nevin will run the footballing side of the club for new owner John Boyle and will continue to play for the next two years, but he insisted the arrangement between him and Harri Kampman can work despite Nevin effectively becoming his boss. Nevin’s 5% stake in the club cost him around £125,000. In the long term it is expected he will become a director, and almost certainly vice-chairman.
Ricky’s interview with Eliphas Shivute, which appeared in the GLF last season, was published in the main Namibian newspaper and takes the lead on their Internet Site! Apparantly the newspaper sold out within a couple of hours because of the interview.
Pat Nevin has finally signed for Motherwell, and will combine his playing activities with a commercial role, becoming the first ever chief executive/player in Scotland. He is investing in the club and will be a 5% shareholder, but will not have a seat on the board.
Today’s Sun reports that we are interested in Nottingham Forest reserve striker Paul McGregor.
A report in today’s Sun suggests that Dunfermline are set to make a £175,000 bid for Owen Coyle, but Hibs, Stockport and Tranmere are also interested. Owen’s contract is up in January and he has yet to agree a new deal.
Another report suggests that Eddie May will be allowed to leave the club, despite having signed a new two-year contract in the summer.
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