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McGhee explains Hearts decision

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image Boyle has persuaded McGhee to stay on at Fir Park

McGhee was due to fly out to Vilnus on Monday for signing talks with Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.But he changed his mi

McGhee was due to fly out to Vilnus on Monday for signing talks with Hearts majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov.

But he changed his mind, adding: "It smacked of what I did earlier in my managerial career. When a bigger job came up, I went.

"Hearts was a bigger job, but I would never say it was a better job."

McGhee revealed he had a change of heart at the airport and realised he wanted to remain at Fir Park.

"I was at the door of the plane and would have been the last passenger on board, but I turned round and said 'I can't do this'.

"We're in Europe and I always wanted that on my C.V. It's certainly not about money either.

"If it had been a financial decision I'd be on my way to Vilnus right now."

McGhee said the prospect of becoming Hearts manager was a fantastic opportunity, but he added: "I have to stick it out at Motherwell a little bit longer."

Motherwell said they were delighted McGhee would remain at the club to spearhead their Uefa Cup campaign next season. 

"The club are delighted that it has successfully concluded negotiations with Mark," said a statement on the club website.

"He remains as manager and we are looking forward to next season."

After 15 years in management in England, the former Aberdeen and Celtic striker arrived at Motherwell at the start of the season.

In his first campaign, McGhee received plaudits for his team's performances as he steered the club to third spot in the Scottish Premier League.

Despite months of speculation over his future he had previously said he was focusing on next season's Uefa Cup campaign.

However, he did admit he would have a lot to think about if officially approached by another club.

McGhee was also interviewed for the vacant Scotland manager's position in January.

However, he stipulated he wanted to remain at Fir Park until the summer, following the death of skipper Phil O'Donnell.  

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