Would McGhee Really Have Worked For Romanov?
Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has insisted he would NOT have had a problem working under Vladimir Romanov and has claimed he turned down the move to Gorgie for 'purely football reasons', according to the Evening News.
The former Aberdeen striker recently decided not to fly to Lithuania to complete what was thought to be nothing more than a rubber stamp trip for his move to Tynecastle. However a last minute change of heart and a call from John Boyle changed McGhee's mind.
It was suggested that McGhee had asked for assurances that he would have full team control at Hearts and had turned the job down because these could not be given, but McGhee insists this is purely speculation and is in fact complete nonsense.
'My time under Theo Paphitis at Millwall made me a better manager.
'These types of chairman require answers. They require that their employees justify their decisions with clear rationale and purpose. Some people shy away from this. I believe that is because they don't have the answers and that this sort of scrutiny is too much for them.
'Many managers would benefit from this sort of pressure. Theo made me a better manager. I believe Mr Romanov is similar. He is passionate about his club. He requires that his manager communicate with him. The person who realises that and is in a position to take the job will have a fantastic opportunity.
'Motherwell chairman John Boyle made me an offer and, just in case anyone accuses me of staying for the money, it was a fraction of what Hearts offered me. I want European football. The mistake I made was that I should have realised that earlier and made that clear to Hearts.'
So....McGhee in a show of support for Romanov? Whatever next, Cristiano Ronaldo to Gorgie......?!