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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Gannon to Manage Motherwell

Jim Gannon is to be the new manager of Scottish club Motherwell. Aidy Boothroyd, Steve Staunton and Lawrie Sanchez were also in the race to land the post. Gannon leaves Stockport County after a successful spell on the pitch with the Cheshire club who have desperate off-pitch problems.

Stockport were promoted to League One fourteen months ago, at the same time as Hereford United, but the club is now in administration and Gannon was made redundant last month.

Gannon is 40 and has already gained a reputation for being a loose cannon at times. Two years ago he banned Sky from interviewing him whilst having a nine-month fight with their customer services over his Sky+ box not working.

Last season he reported Colchester keeper Paul Reid to the police for a foul on Stockport's Matty McNeil that was branded assault.

However he is well regarded for his knowledge of the game and his backing for young players.

"He's single-minded and Motherwell have a winner," said Martin McIntosh, now a coach at Sheffield Wednesday, who partnered Gannon in his playing days.