Harri's new boys fail the test

Last updated : 30 June 2021 By John Wilson

On this day in 1998 Harri Kampman unveiled a host of new signings as he rebuilt the squad for the new season.  He left a few months later.

The Finn was given the job after the departure of Alex McLeish.  During the summer break many well known players parted company with the club.  Arnott, Philiben, Martin, and Coyne were included in the list that also contained Falconer, McSkimming, Garcin, Lindqvist and Hendry.


A feature from Softy's testimonial programme July 1998

New faces were needed and there was a new look team on the field for the pre-season friendlies at Nairn and Forres.

Mikko Kaven, Jamie McGowan, Holm Kraska, Brian McLair, Jan Michels, Rob Mattaei, Jered Stirling, Greig Miller, David White and Stephen Halliday joined those who escaped the cull.  Shaun Teale was to sign up at the start of August to be followed by Kai Nyssonen.

The team struggled, John Boyle bought the club and by October Kampman's short spell in charge was over.  The Pat Nevin and Billy Davies were given the task of making Motherwell the Third Force in Scottish football.