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CORMACK QUIT TO `SAVE' TON.

Peter Cormack last night revealed he sacrificed his job at Morton so new players could be signed.

And within hours of his shock departure being confirmed three Austrians were secured by boss Allan McGraw.

Cormack - who quit after three years as coach - also accused chairman John Wilson of avoiding decisions.

The respected 50-year-old said: "The chairman made it clear in a meeting that someone had to go from the backroom staff if new players were to be brought in. I decided to go because if I had stayed it would have looked as if I agreed with what's going on at Morton. I don't.

"I've accepted four months salary so I'm now unemployed.

"But I hope what I've done will ultimately help the club.

"A big problem for me was that no decisions were being made. I'd been putting things forward and not getting answers.

"The chairman had also said some of the out-of-contract players were looking for huge signing-on fees. That's not true - they've actually been offered less than they got three years ago for signing on."

Cormack's departure, which will lead to John McMaster being No.2 again, follows the exit of Finnish terracing heroes Janne Lindberg and Marco Rajamaki.

In addition, Warren Hawke, Peter Cormack Jnr, Paul Blair, Craig McPherson, David Wylie and Scott McArthur are all out of contract.

Cormack also admitted he had been approached about becoming boss, with McGraw switching to director of football.

McGraw slammed the leaking of Cormack's walkout - then revealed he'd signed three Austrians with the money saved. He said: "Peter's going was very amicable - but I'm deeply disappointed someone, and I mean someone high up, chose to leak it ahead of Monday's agreed time.

"Respecting Peter's wishes was the very least we owed him for what he has done at Cappielow.

"We couldn't afford new players with the staff we had. Something had to give.

"I knew nothing about joining the board - and I wouldn't have done so anyway."

The three Austrian signings are Christian Koell, a striker, Marco Felbermayr, a midfield player, and the versatile Marcus Sukalia.
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Date:Jun 30, 1997
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