Scotland news

Brown to delay transfer talk

January 23, 2010

Craig Brown is happy to delay talks on his future until the end of the transfer window after consolidating Motherwell's top-six charge with victory over St Mirren and a World Cup signing.

Brown enjoyed a winning Fir Park debut as Motherwell interim manager after second-half goals by Jamie Murphy and John Sutton earned them a deserved Clydesdale Bank Premier League win.

The triumph was Motherwell's first at home since October and sealed consecutive SPL victories for the first time this season. Despite bowing out of the Scottish Cup at Inverness on Monday, Brown and assistant Archie Knox look certain to be handed the reins until the end of the season when they meet chairman John Boyle after the transfer window closes.

Discussions between the pair have so far been limited to transfer targets and Brown has made his first signing by securing New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey.

When asked about his position, Brown said: ''We haven't spoken about it because there's no transfer window for managers but there is a transfer window for players.

''So the two discussions we have had with the chairman have been about players and not about ourselves. I said to him 'let's get the player situation sorted'.''

Motherwell were the better side throughout, although it took until the second half for them to add penetration to possession on a poor surface that cut up badly. The result means Well have scored five goals without reply in the two SPL matches Brown and Knox have assumed total control of.

''The pleasing thing is we have not conceded any goals,'' Brown said. ''Recently Motherwell were getting ahead and then being pulled back and conceding a bit softly.

''They have taken the message about resilience and no-nonsense defending. You could see very few chances created by St Mirren and it was the same last week against Kilmarnock. It's far from perfect but we have had a lot of encouragement in the response of the lads.''

Brown, who confirmed Lukas Jutkiewicz had received 12 stitches in a thigh gash, revealed former Celtic youngster McGlinchey would join from Central Coast Mariners until the end of the season.

''McGlinchey has played exceptionally well in Australia,'' Brown said. ''He is an attacking midfielder and will be a great addition for us when he arrives in the second week of February. He has played for New Zealand recently, so we're signing a World Cup player.''

St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson felt there was little room for good football on the Fir Park pitch but he was disappointed by his side's defending at the first goal. Sutton won Tom Hateley's long free-kick in the air and headed into the path of substitute Murphy to fire home.

''The biggest disappointment is the way we defended a straightforward ball into our box,'' MacPherson said. ''That was the difference. We had an opportunity to put the ball into their box and a minute later we were 1-0 down. That gave Motherwell a lift.''