Motherwell have confirmed that Stuart Kettlewell will remain Fir Park boss after the summer and also apologised for not communicating the news in a more efficient manner.

The 39-year old was appointed on a permanent basis last February and secured a seventh placed finish after a good run of form.

Kettlewell's deal at the time was described as lasting "initially until 2024" which had left Motherwell fans wondering whether the former Ross County manager's deal was set to expire in the summer.

However, club chiefs have now confirmed his contract has been extended until 2025.

A club statement read: "Following a discussion at last night’s AGM, the Club wishes to clarify Stuart Kettlewell’s contract position.

"The Motherwell manager was appointed back in February 2023, having won his two games in interim charge against St Mirren and Hearts. 

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"Kettlewell then signed a contract to become the permanent manager. The deal ran initially until May 2024 but it was agreed, should Motherwell remain in the top flight, that deal would be extended 12 months until May 2025. 

"We would like to apologise to both our fans and Stuart for not properly communicating the terms of the extension in May last year and for the uncertainty this has clearly caused."

Chairman Jim McMahon added: “Although during the 12 months of his time here there has been some highs and lows, we firmly believe that Stuart can take this group of players and the club forward"