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MARK McGHEE insists he wouldn't have had a problem working under Vladimir Romanov and says he turned down a move to Hearts purely for football reasons.

The Motherwell boss last week made an 11th-hour decision not to go to Lithuania for talks with the Jambos chief.

It was suggested McGhee had sought assurances from Romanov that he would not interfere in team affairs.

However, the former Wolves and Reading boss believes his spell at Millwall, under chairman Theo Paphitis, made him a better manager and would have prepared him for life under Romanov.

McGhee said: "These types of chairmen require answers. They insist that employees justify their decisions with clear rationale.

"They don't accept 'because I felt like it' as an argument for team selection or for spending millions on a player.

"Many managers would benefit from that sort of pressure. Paphitis made me a better manager. I believe Mr Romanov is similar.

"However, our chairman John Boyle made me an offer and - just in case anyone accuses me of staying for money - it was a fraction of the Hearts one.

"I stayed for purely football reasons. I want European football which we have at Motherwell next season."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 2, 2008
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