TERRY Butcher, who had been odds-on to become Motherwell’s next manager, abruptly pulled out of the race to replace Stuart McCall last night.
Butcher, sacked by Hibs in June, was among a number of candidates interviewed for the vacancy in recent days, but he has decided against a second spell at the club he managed between 2002 and 2006.
Kenny Shiels (3-1), Dutchmen Mitchell van der Gaag (5-2) and Robert Maaskant (10-1), former Scunthorpe manager Ian Baraclough (5-1), and ex-Newcastle midfielder Nolberto Solano (6-1) now lead the way in the betting with Scottish bookmakers McBookie.com. Caretaker manager Kenny Black, who was McCall’s assistant, is viewed as a 33-1 outsider.
Shiels – a League Cup winner in 2012 while in charge of Kilmarnock – has been out of work since he left Morton last season, Van der Gaag played for Motherwell between 1995 and 1997 while Maaskant made 12 appearances for the club between 1991 and 1992.
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