NEW Motherwell boss Steven Hammell has pledged to bring in new signings before the transfer deadline at the end of the month.
The 40-year-old former Well stalwart has been confirmed as the new Fir Park manager as he succeeds Graham Alexander who departed after the embarrassing Euro Conference League exit to League of Ireland minnows Sligo Rovers.
Hammell has signed a two-year deal with Brian Kerr as his assistant. He had been caretaker for almost two weeks before winning the race to step up from academy director to get the permanent job and become the club’s 26th team boss.
The new gaffer, who had a 17-year playing career at the Lanarkshire outfit, began making plans for a recruitment drive during his interim period in case he got the nod.
Hammell said: “It’s something we’ve been preparing for if it was to be successful.
“And we have a number of names we want to bring in. We have some hugely talented players in this group and it’s now my job to get the best from them.
“I have first-hand knowledge of the exciting young players at the club and we will integrate them into the first-team environment when they’re ready. In addition, the players need some help with some new faces.
“As well as taking the team and planning my application, I have been busy identifying potential targets. One of my first tasks will be to look to strengthen our options across a couple of areas, where I believe our short-term needs are.
“The recruitment side is very difficult, especially with the stage of the season we are at. But we’re ahead of where we would be, we’re not starting today.”
Hammell, who will kick off his new dug-out career against Aberdeen at Pittodrie tomorrow, told the Daily Record: “It’s an honour for me to be given the responsibility as manager of this wonderful club.
“The last two weeks have given me an even bigger appetite for it and I am determined and ambitious to take this team on and put my own stamp on it.
“I hope I can continue to get my message across and give our supporters a team that will entertain them and a team they can see are giving their all.”
Names such as former Well hero Paul Lambert and ex-Scotland international midfielder Shaun Maloney, sacked by Hibs last season after only four months in charge, had been linked with the position, but the Well board have now given a massive vote of confidence to one of their own.