'Happy' Motherwell manager Stuart McCall expects new deal

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall expects to sign a new contract with the Fir Park club but says he will only stay if the board matches his ambition.

The Steelmen could lose up to six players in the summer and McCall's contract will also expire at the end of the current season.

However, talks over a new contract for the former Bradford boss have begun.

"I'm happy working here," said McCall. "Great staff. Really good club to work for and I'm enjoying the challenge."

Motherwell forward Michael Higdon
Higdon has scored 10 goals this season

McCall took over at Fir Park midway through season 2010-11 and led the side to a third-place finish in the Scottish Premier League last season.

"If I'm happy in my work, I get on with it, but I'm still ambitious. I want to do well at Motherwell.

"Hopefully, and I'm sure they will, the club will have the same ambition.

"I'll never ask the club for money or budgets that are outwith what we can afford, I'll never do that.

"I want us to be able to compete with the likes of the other clubs: Kilmarnock, St Johnstone, St Mirren, Dundee United possibly.

"We still want to be in there fighting and we should be."

Among the players who could be departing Motherwell at the of the season are top scorer Michael Higdon, goalkeeper Darren Randolph and the influential Tom Hateley.

"I think it's going to be a major re-build this summer," added McCall. "I would imagine we'll need to bring in a minimum of probably six, so there's a challenge in itself.

"Expectation level at Motherwell is through the roof and it shouldn't be really if you actually sit down and look at the squads.

"If we finish top-six this season, that'll be an excellent achievement by the players."

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