Motherwell: Stephen Craigan has had no time to consider future

Stephen Craigan first played for Motherwell in season 1997-98
Stephen Craigan first played for Motherwell in season 1997-98

Stephen Craigan believes it is too early to think about becoming Motherwell manager in the longer term.

The former Fir Park captain, 38, has been put in temporary charge following Ian Baraclough's sacking but says his only concern is Saturday's Premiership match against Partick Thistle.

The club have so far received 40 applications for the position.

"There's been so much going on for 48 hours I haven't had the chance to think about what I would do," he said.

"The sole focus has to be on the short term. We can't think long term at the minute.

"I was told first and foremost to take the game on Saturday and see how it goes.

"Yesterday I was in with the analysts trying to get some preparation for the game tomorrow and today it's the media."

Northern Irishman Craigan took the players for training on Friday, giving him his first chance to speak to the squad since his appointment.

Motherwell sacked Baraclough, 44, the day after Tuesday's extra-time defeat by Championship side Morton in the League Cup.

"Wednesday afternoon was a little bit of a shock to us," said Craigan. "I've never been involved in a coaching staff where a friend and colleague has lost a job.

"It was very disappointing. Within an hour I had spoken to the owner and he asked me if I would step up and take the team.

"Hand in hand, me and the club have had a good relationship for 18 years.

"There was no hesitation to take the job to try to help the players out but inside there was a bit of a coldness because a good friend had lost his job."

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