Former Scotland boss Craig Brown has begun work as interim manager of Motherwell following the sacking of Jim Gannon.
Brown will take charge of the team for Wednesday's Premier League clash against Hearts at Tynecastle with Archie Knox as his assistant.
"In the short-term I am effectively the manager of the club, and my colleague will be with me, Archie,'' Brown told Sky Sports News.
"We are responsible for the next few games. It's not specified the number of games but we are asked to hold the fort meantime.
"The chairman, Mr (John) Boyle, is in Australia and the board will get together when he returns in the new year and they will decide on a managerial appointment.''
Boyle revealed that no time limit would be put on Brown's stewardship.
The Motherwell chairman said in a statement: "I am pleased to say we have reached agreement with Craig and Archie to manage the team on a temporary basis while the board of directors considers its options for the future.
"We have put no time constraints on the agreement as the club wants to assess its options in a careful and unhurried manner.
"On behalf of the board, the staff and our supporters I would like to thank Craig and Archie for agreeing to assist the club at such short notice.
"We are very fortunate to have the services of two people with such experience in the game and who command respect throughout football.
"I'm sure our supporters will get behind the team in our forthcoming games and all of us with Motherwell at heart are looking forward to a successful new year for the club.''