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Another aspect of finishing second as opposed to third, which will be of more interest to the players, is an extra two weeks' rest in the summer. The qualifying ties for the Europa League can be early or mid July, depending on where you finish.
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PlatformHaving started my own career at Motherwell before earning a move to Celtic, I know from first hand experience that Fir Park provides an excellent platform for many to learn and develop into better players.
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The SPFL pay to the team finishing behind the champions and is on offer for third place, a big difference to a club of that stature, who then compete in the qualifying rounds for Europe.
a top six spot, I think many of them would have been happy at that.
Like most clubs of their size, everything revolves around the playing budget at Motherwell and the lure of finishing second to Celtic is the added revenue that will bring.
Celtic have been relentless in their pursuit of the title and the biggest compliment to manager Neil Lennon is the consistency he has managed to get out of his players.
In comparison to everyone else in the top half, Motherwell's resources and playing budget would suggest they would be competing in the lower half of the table.
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The fact that they are still fighting with Aberdeen for a runners up slot is testimony to the excellent job that both the players and manager have done.
That's not easy on a fraction of the budget available in comparison to Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, Hibs or Hearts.
HardWith five games to go against everyone else in the top half, it doesn't come much harder than a game against the champions.
first eleven players Nicky Law, Chris Humphrey, Michael Higdon, Henrik Ojamma, Tom Hateley and goalkeeper Darren Randolph left in the summer, it has been yet another impressive and successful rebuilding job by McCall and his coaching staff.
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The biggest quality Stuart McCall seems to have is his success in building one good team after another. On an annual basis, players leave Motherwell for better contracts or bigger clubs and yet McCall consistently refreshes his team to make them good enough to challenge for second and third place and European football.
Who knows, had things been different it might have been Stuart McCall leading Sheffield Utd out in next month's FA Cup Final?
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