Motherwell demand action against Aberdeen


Motherwell are reportedly wanting Aberdeen to be dragged in front of the SPL for ‘tapping’ Craig Brown.

The Fir Park side are demanding compensation from Aberdeen for Craig Brown and Archie Knox, who will be unveiled tomorrow as the new Aberdeen management team.

Motherwell believe that Aberdeen broke SPL rules in their pursuit of the duo, despite them not being under contract at Fir Park.

A source at Motherwell said, ‘We intend to pursue this by all means at our disposal. We expect proper compensation as a matter of course.’

And Motherwell have already informed the SPL of their complaint in writing.

However one major issue that could end Motherwell’s claim for compensation is that it was Brown’s agents who contacted the club not the other way around. Aberdeen Chairman Stewart Milne has hit back at Motherwell insisting that it was Brown’s representatives that contacted him, not the other way around.

He said, ‘An agent contacted us in regard to Craig and Archie and we indicated we would be keen to talk. Craig informed Motherwell that Aberdeen were interested in speaking to him and the Fir Park club raised no objection. Motherwell’s statement on Wednesday referred to the fact there had been discussions between the parties without any suggestion of criticism of ourselves and it was therefore a surprise to us and Craig to learn of the accusations of inappropriate conduct.’

In my opinion if Milnes’ claims are correct then Motherwell do not have a leg to stand on and on top of that rather than blaming Aberdeen or Craig Brown, the blame should be cast in the direction of Motherwell chairman John Boyle who failed to sign the duo to a legally binding contract. It now seems that Boyle is using this letter of complaint and accusations of tapping up, to cover his own failures at board room level. Stand up and take a bow Boyke you have outdone yourself once again.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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