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    Kerr hoping to end injury hell

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    ECA publishes study on transfers

    Leeann Dempster represented the club as The European Club Association (ECA) held its 12th General Assembly in Barcelona this week.

    151 Member Clubs from 52 different national associations attended the two-day event.

    Motherwell are only one of two clubs from Scotland who have ordinary (voting) membership of the ECA, Celtic being the other. The other Scottish clubs involved as associate members are Rangers, Aberdeen and Heart of Midlothian.

    STUDY ON THE TRANSFER SYSTEM IN EUROPE

    Further to a study published by the European Commission in 2012, the current Transfer System has recently become subject of intense discussions in the world of football.

    It has been noted that the focus of these discussions is often led by individual opinions and personal experiences with little focus on detailed financial and data-based analysis. It is for this reason that ECA felt the need to commission a study highlighting the reality governing the transfer system.

    The aim of this study, based on real figures from official sources and focussing on a European perspective, is to understand how the current transfer system operates in order to provide a more credible and reliable basis for discussion. The Study offers an in-depth overview of all the incoming and outgoing transfer transactions involving European clubs over a two-year period. The ECA Executive Board mandated PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and LIUC University to carry out this work.

    In summary, the study allows to formulate the following assumptions:

    • The football industry is not different to the rest of the economy.
    • Clubs’ revenue growth is absorbed by employee costs.
    • Money redistribution from top to bottom is a fact.
    • The current transfer system counters competitive imbalance.
    • Out-of-contract transfers represent the majority of total international transfers.
    • The collection of solidarity contribution has to be enhanced.
    • Club agent commissions are significantly high.
    • The majority of total international loans involve Under-23 players.

    An abstract of the report outlining key outcomes can be found attached. The full report is available for download via the ECA Website by clicking here: www.ecaeurope.com.

    NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

    Further to the resignation of Zoran Mamić, Celtic FC CEO Peter Lawwell was elected to join the ECA Executive Board for the remaining period of the running membership cycle, which lasts until the end of the 2014/15 season.

    As previously mentioned, the decision regarding Sandro Rosell’s replacement in the ECA Executive Board and the UEFA Professional Strategy Council has been postponed until a later date.

    FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY

    In his opening speech, ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reiterated ECA’s support for UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations. With the coming into force of the break-even requirement, the project is now entering its crucial phase.

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge underlined that ECA expects the regulations to be implemented in a serious way. He reminded members that they unanimously endorsed the project at the ECA General Assembly in Manchester back in 2010. ECA will continue to collaborate with UEFA on the matter. All ECA Members are supportive of the approach.

    Commenting on Financial Fair Play, ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: “Much time and effort was invested in this project. There is no way back and we cannot afford to take it nice and easy. Financial Fair Play is not a punishment; it is an opportunity for all of us. I can only call on UEFA to act in the most serious way possible when it comes to ensuring the full implementation.”

    UEFA YOUTH LEAGUE

    The 2013/14 saw the start of a new UEFA Club Competition, namely the UEFA Youth League. The competition, which was created by UEFA in close collaboration with ECA, is reserved to the youth teams of the 32 UEFA Champions League participants and initially runs for a two-year trial period.

    ECA Members were updated on key statistics from the UEFA Youth League Group Stage and were informed about the outcome of a survey conducted among the participating clubs. Overall, clubs participating in the first edition of the UEFA Youth League are satisfied with the competition and rate the experience for their youth players positively. A dedicated working group composed of UEFA ad ECA representatives will continue working on the project to discuss possible future adjustments.

    CLUB DISTRIBUTION MODEL 2015-18

    In light of the upcoming 2015-18 UEFA Club Competition Cycle, a consultation process has started with UEFA to review the current club distribution mechanism. The ECA Executive Board decided to enter the discussions with the aim to allow for a more balanced system with a focus on balancing sporting achievement and solidarity.

    Revenues from both competitions are constantly growing; hence, the revenue distribution is an important aspect for all clubs and the ECA Executive Board decided to attribute high priority to the discussions with UEFA.

    FIFA MATTERS

    ECA Members were informed that FIFA recently confirmed that for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil a similar distribution model will apply for the club benefits as the one used for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In 2010, over 250 clubs from Europe received a share of the $40m made available to clubs for their contribution to the successful staging of the tournament.

    This year, for the World Cup in Brazil, FIFA makes available $70m. The ECA Chairman reminded members that 75% of players participating in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa were under contract with European clubs.

    Furthermore, ECA Member Clubs were presented with an update on the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar: Members were informed that ECA was now officially invited by FIFA to participate in the Qatar 2022 Task Force, which is set to discuss a possible switch of the world cup from summer to winter. ECA accepted the invitation for the two meetings tentatively scheduled for September and November 2014.

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    TV: Highlights from New Victoria Park

    Extended highlights from New Victoria Park as the young ‘Well go down 3-0 to Hearts in the Capital.

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    TV: Johansson reflects on Hearts loss

    Jonatan Johansson was left frustrated as his young side lost 3-0 to Hearts in Edinburgh this evening.

    The Steelmen created enough half-chances, but only twice made goalkeeper Jack Hamilton work for his money.

    To compound matters, the visitors conceded two penalties and had Danny McNulty sent off in a night to forget.

    “Although the scoreline was a little harsh, we didn’t do anything in the game to merit a win,” the 106-times capped former Finnish International striker told MFC TV after the match.

    [pullquote]Although the scoreline was a little harsh, we didn’t do anything in the game to merit a win.[/pullquote]

    “Some of our play was good but there were game changing decisions that went against us, rightly or wrongly.

    “We have a history of lazy defending and that is something we have to cut out at this age level. Putting your foot in and either winning it or giving away a foul isn’t so bad in midfield,  but you absolutely can’t do that in the box.

    “Our reaction after the first goal wasn’t great, we felt sorry for ourselves then Buchanan scored almost straight after with a fantastic finish.

    “To be fair, after the sending off, the boys showed some good character and created some good chances but we just never took them. It’s a young team and there were some positives to take from the way some of them played but there are areas we need to improve.”

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    Hearts U20s 3 – 0 Motherwell U20s

    Motherwell Under 20s crashed to a 3-0 defeat against Hearts at Newtongrange Star’s New Victoria Park this evening.

    Two penalty kicks converted by Angus Beith and a super strike from Robbie Buchanan handed Hearts the win that was perhaps a little more handsome than the Steelmen deserved.

    Jonatan Johansson made three changes to the side that lost narrowly to Aberdeen six days ago. Lee Hollis, Euan Murray and Fraser Johnstone dropped out, replaced by Max Currie, Ben Hall and Craig McCall.

    That meant the Fir Parkers lined up with nine 17-year olds in the first eleven; Motherwell’s youngest ever side at Under 20s level.

    Despite the age disadvantage, the visitors made the better start to the match and created the first real chance of the game after twelve minutes. A good move down the left finished with David Ferguson’s teasing cross towards the near post. Dale Shirkie was there but could only prod wide.

    Hearts had the ball in the net ten minutes later but, to be fair, the assistant’s flag was up before Sam Daniel had got his shot away. A minute later, Jack Simpson presented another chance for the Hearts left-winger, but he scooped it high over the bar from twelve yards.

    With just over ten minutes to go to the break, Ferguson connected with a deep Steven Higgins cross, but could only turn his header back across goal before Hearts cleared.

    Incredibly, the home side went immediately down the park and got themselves in front from the penalty spot. It was a harsh call on Morgyn Neill, the ball appeared to hit his knee and spun onto his hand, but a penalty it was.

    Beith was in no mood for sympathy, slamming it high and hard into the top right corner.

    Incredibly, in what was an even match, Hearts doubled their advantage just four minutes later. There was no debate on this one though; Buchanan weaved his way past two challenges before curling a magnificent effort high into the top corner.

    ‘Well were shell-shocked but could and probably should have reduced the arrears minutes before the interval. Dale Shirkie got on the end of a ball over the top but could only fire a shot straight at Hamilton in the home goal.

    The Lanarkshire side made a decent start to the second half too. McCafferty could have got amongst the goals but didn’t connect properly with his half volley at the back post. Thomas then flashed a long-range effort high and wide.

    Johansson’s men came even closer after 52 minutes when McCafferty got on the end of Thomas’ cross from the left, but his effort deflected back of Hearts’ crossbar.

    Shirkie and Higgins both fired over and Cadden came close after getting on the end of McCafferty’s deflected cross, but Hamilton smothered at the second attempt.

    Then, the big moment of the second half came with nineteen minutes left to play.

    Hearts burst down the left before Danny McNulty tripped Elliot Ford in the area. The full-back, booked earlier, collected a second yellow and was sent for an early bath.

    Beith would again take the kick, and smashed it hard down the middle to confirm all three points.

    To their credit, ‘Well continued to work and could have got amongst the goals when Neill headed a Thomas free-kick straight at the keeper before Higgins brought out another decent block from Hamilton with a long-range free-kick.

    It was a frustrating evening for the Steelmen, who created more chances in the game but weren’t clinical and didn’t trouble the Hearts keeper enough. They will look to get back to winning ways next Tuesday against Dundee Untied.

    Motherwell: Currie, McNulty, Ferguson, Hall, Neill, McCall (Johnstone – 70mins), McCafferty (Mackin – 70mins), Cadden, Shirkie, Thomas, Higgins

    Subs Not Used: Morrison, McMillan, R.Leitch

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    Kerr hoping to end injury hell

    Fraser Kerr is aiming to put a stop-start season behind him and help Motherwell push for another strong finish to the Premiership season.

    The defender is five weeks into his rehabilitation from an ankle ligament injury and could be back next weekend against Hibernian at Easter Road after a setback earlier in the week ruled him out of contention for today’s game against Hearts.

    The 21-year-old was troubled by hamstring injuries earlier in the campaign and only played once during September and October before the issue flared up again briefly in December.

    But he believes he has overcome that problem and is desperate to return to help boost Stuart McCall’s squad, which has been hit following a recent spate of injuries.

    “It’s been quite a frustrating season injury-wise to be honest,” Kerr said. “I have picked up a few injuries when I have had a run in the team. I have been in and out.

    “This one happened against Aberdeeen. I went up for a header and landed funny on my ankle and strained my ligament. I was having trouble with my back for quite a while, which led to a couple of hamstring injuries.

    “I hope, fingers-crossed, all the troubles with my back are behind me. I have been to see a specialist and am managing it, so it shouldn’t flare up.

    “The season is coming to a close and I can’t get back quickly enough.

    “There has been a wee bit of an injury crisis in the last few weeks with the likes of Simon Ramsden and Paul Lawson getting injured, and there have been quite a few players with wee niggles who are playing on.”

    Kerr spent three character-building years of his teenage life in Birmingham after leaving the Motherwell youth ranks to move to St Andrews. So he has been well-equipped mentally to deal with the fitness setbacks.

    The East Kilbride-raised player, who has made seven starts and seven substitute appearances this season, said: “You just need to stay mentally positive and just concentrate on taking little steps on getting back fit.

    “I always said I have no regrets about moving down to Birmingham. I was 16 when I moved away from home. I matured more quickly than I would have done otherwise.”

    Motherwell will need similar mental strength as a squad to bounce back from two disappointment defeats on the road at Tannadice and McDiarmid Park, but they have shown that previously this season, notably in December following the William Hill Scottish Cup exit and a heavy loss to Celtic.

    “The past two results haven’t been the best,” Kerr said. “But the whole squad are focused on that second spot. We did really well to get it last season and we are right up there again fighting it out with Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee United. It will be tough but the boys are fully focused.

    “After the Albion Rovers and Celtic games, the squad was a bit down but after that the team spirit we showed to come back and win six games in a row and turn it round was excellent.

    “We have had another tough spell but we have got more than enough in the dressing room to come back. We have a lot of experienced boys in there who are really good at helping out the younger boys.”

    Kerr believes he has flourished in that environment since returning from the midlands, initially on a trial basis in the summer of 2012. Kerr went on to join Motherwell on loan for the season before signing a two-year deal in the summer.

    “It’s been brilliant the last year and a half being in and around the first team and getting first-team games,” he said. “That’s why I came back. I have been converted into a right-back in my time here, I had never really played right-back or anywhere else other than centre-back before I came here.

    “The gaffer and Kenny Black have been brilliant for me. Ever since I came up here they have not been afraid to put me in different positions, I even played right midfield in the Krasnodar away game. It’s nice they have shown that faith in me to play me in different positions.”

    Kerr’s club form has earned him a place in the Scotland Under-21 set-up, although his injury means he will miss the friendly against Hungary at Tannadice on Wednesday.

    But Kerr has won three caps and also the opportunity to train with Gordon Strachan’s squad.

    “The last time I went away with the 21s a few of the boys went to train with the full squad,” he said. “That was a real eye-opener to go to Mar Hall and train with the Scotland first team.

    “It was an amazing experience being in that environment and seeing what goes on in an international dressing room. The standard of training was great, there’s a lot of Premier League stars there.

    “Normally at international level they don’t want to push you too hard in training so there is less risk of you going back to your club with an injury. That said, the standard and the tempo was high.

    “The couple of sessions the manager took were going over formations and tactics that they were going to use in the games. I think they won both games so to see that in action was really interesting. What he was trying to implement looked really positive.”

    This article was written by Gavin McCafferty
    and first appeared in the vs Hearts Steelmen Matchday Magazine.

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    Under 20s to face Hearts

    The Under 20s will look to get back to winning ways when they face Hearts at Newtongrange tomorrow.

    Jonatan Johansson’s men lost a controversial last-minute penalty against Aberdeen at Arbroath last Tuesday, a result that left them six points behind league-leaders Rangers.

    And they will now look to bounce back against Robbie Nielsen’s side, who they beat 3-2 at the Excelsior Stadium in early January.

    It’s likely to be an extremely young Steelmen side, with numerous players currently involved with the injury-laden first-team squad.

    The match will take place at New Victoria Park, Newtongrange, with kick-off at 7pm.

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    Hibs tickets still on sale

    Tickets for Saturday’s SPFL Premiership match at Easter Road are available now from the Fir Park Ticket Office.

    Tickets will also be available from the Ticket Booth at Easter Road on the day of the match, priced at:

    ADULTS:   £22
    CONCESSIONS:                            £12
    • Concessions are listed as Over 65s, Under 18s and Full Time Students with a valid matriculation card.
    • Fans who require wheelchair access should contact Sharon or John McCaskie on 07745494631 / 07711 992161 or email disabledfans@motherwellfc.co.uk.
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    TV: Highlights from Fir Park

    Extended highlights from Fir Park as two goals in each half give ‘Well a good 4-1 win over Hearts.

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    Hearts win in pictures

    Action pictures from today’s impressive 4-1 win over Hearts at Fir Park in the SPFL Premiership.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    TV: McCall praises ‘Well response

    Stuart McCall paid tribute to his team for bouncing back from back-to-back defeats as the Steelmen put four past Hearts at Fir Park.

    The Steelmen had lost at both Tannadice and St Johnstone in the last week, and the ‘Well boss had asked for a reaction.

    And he very much got it, with goals from Vigurs, Ainsworth, Sutton and McFadden giving a threadbare Steelmen an excellent 4-1 win.

    Speaking to MFC TV after the match, the Scotland assistant boss said: “It was a pleasing one for us today. We just needed to get a result after the last two defeats, but I thought we did so in style today on what was a heavy and bumpy park.

    [pullquote]That’s the third time we’ve scored four goals at home in 2014 if you think about St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and this afternoon, alongside two against Aberdeen so all in all, it’s a very pleasing afternoon and the perfect response to two very dissapointing performances.[/pullquote]

    “It’s particularly pleasing that the front four all got amongst the goals. We asked the lads with that little bit extra quality to come to the fore today and I thought they did just that.

    “I also want to pay special tribute to the young lads. Jack Leitch, making his first start, was terrific in there alongside Lasley. Euan Murray was asked to go in and do a job after Zaine (Francis-Angol) had to go off with a hamstring injury and put in a really good shift and young Chris Cadden makes his debut.

    “That’s the third time we’ve scored four goals at home in 2014 if you think about St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and this afternoon, alongside two against Aberdeen so all in all, it’s a very pleasing afternoon and the perfect response to two very dissapointing performances.”

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