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Motherwell next manager candidates – runners and riders as Celtic coach emerges as contender for Fir Park vacancy

GRAHAM ALEXANDER’s name is barely off the plate in the manager’s office at Fir Park.

But already a list of capable candidates to take over for Motherwell has emerged.


Graham Alexander departed Motherwell on FridayCredit: Willie Vass
Stephen Hummel is the frontrunner for the vacancy


Stephen Hummel is the frontrunner for the vacancyCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

Alexander left the club by mutual consent on Friday, less than 24 hours after the European Conference League debacle against Sligo Rovers.

The Steelmen lost 2–0 that night, losing 3–0 on aggregate and falling out of Europe at the first hurdle.

Alexander were already under attack heading into the new season after being underwhelmed in the second half of the 2021-22 campaign.

Just five wins in 2022 meant he was walking a tightrope.

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Stevie Hamel replaced him in the dugout for this season’s Wells opening premiership game against St Mirren.

The Momi Park hero, who is now the club’s Academy Director, led his side to a 1-0 win despite being down to 10 men.

After the match, he threw his hat into the ring for a full-time job.

SunSport revealed that other names associated with the post included Sean Maloney, Kevin Thomson and Mikus Paatelainen.

Former Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson has dismissed reports that he has returned to North Lanarkshire.

But according to McBucky, another left field candidate that has emerged is Celtic manager Darren O’Dea.

The former Republic of Ireland defender worked as a coach at Motherwell before returning to Celtic Park in 2019.

After being an U-18 manager at Parkhead, he was promoted to boss of the B team and is highly regarded by Ange Postecoglou.

Alan Burroughs is also aware of his skill set, and those factors probably make him the 4th most popular for the job, lining up with Maloney at 8/1.

Ahead of him on McBookie’s list are Stephen Craigan (7/1), Thomson (5/1) and Hammell (3/1).

Meanwhile, the former star American football quarterback was spotted wearing a Celtic top and declaring his admiration for the Scottish champions.

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Dan Orlowski, a 12-year veteran of the NFL, called the Seltz “the greatest soccer team in the world” in his video.

Orlovksy, now an ESPN analyst, shared the clip on Twitter with nearly 500,000 followers.

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