Mixu Paatelainen eyes Motherwell manager job

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FORMER Hibernian and Kilmarnock manager Mixu Paatelainen has confessed he would welcome a return to football with Motherwell.

The 38-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Finland in June following a fourth successive defeat as international head coach.

The former Hibs boss has been out of work since being sacked by Finland in June. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The former Hibs boss has been out of work since being sacked by Finland in June. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Despite their current troubles, the former Dundee United, Aberdeen and Hibs striker believes Ian Baraclough’s successor will be taking over a Motherwell side capable of “bouncing back”.

And the Finn, who earned a reputation for playing passing, attacking football during his nine months in charge of Kilmarnock, has admitted he is keen on a return to the dugout.

“If everything is right, you never know,” he told STV when asked about the Motherwell post. “There hasn’t been any contact one way or the other, but when you are out of work you want to get back soon as possible. Not too many years ago they were in Europe. They are a good, traditional, established club. The last couple of season haven’t been that good, but other clubs have also struggled. All the elements are there for them to bounce back.”

Motherwell owner Les Hutchison criticised the players, claiming they are to blame for Baraclough being sacked.

“There are enough people in the dressing room to get the job done,” he said. “Unfortunately there are a few who really need to hang their heads in shame.”