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Motherwell sack manager

McGhee pays price for heavy defeats

Motherwell have sacked manager Mark McGhee following a series of crushing defeats which have left the club teetering above the relegation places.

The 59-year-old Scotland assistant boss leaves after his second stint at Fir Park with the club 10th in the Premiership.

Motherwell have won only two of their last 13 league games. A 7-2 thrashing at Aberdeen and a 5-1 home defeat to Dundee sealed his fate.

Coach Stephen Robinson will take temporary charge, with help from assistant James McFadden and under-20s boss Stephen Craigan.

A statement from the club said the decision was “taken by the board following consultation with the [fans’ group] ‘Well Society… after a disappointing run of results”.

Former Aberdeen, Celtic and Newcastle striker McGhee first managed Motherwell from 2007 to 2009, steering the club into Europe in his debut season with a third-place finish in the top flight.

He returned in October 2015, after unsuccessful periods at Aberdeen and Bristol Rovers, and took ‘Well from 11th to a fifth-place finish.

McGhee, who has also managed Reading, Leicester, Wolves, Millwall and Brighton, was the target of a fans’ protest at the weekend.

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