Monday 24th May 2021

DUMBARTON chairman John Steele has paid tribute to outgoing manager Jim Duffy, whose departure from the club was announced earlier today.

Having been in charge since October 2018, Jim decided to end his spell as Sons gaffer over the weekend, after sealing survival in League One through the playoffs.

John was chairman when Jim was appointed and was sorry to see him leave, but understood the reasons for the now former manager’s decision.

The chairman said: “Jim has, over his two and a half years in charge, shown what a committed person he is to the job.

“The epitome of this was that he continued to serve as our manager after suffering a heart attack last year. He had committed to be our manager for what is now last season and wanted to see it through.

“However, his view was that he could not currently extend the physical effort that managing a football team demands.

“We are sorry to see him go, but fully respect and understand his decision.

“We wish him all the very best for the future and there will always be a warm welcome here at Dumbarton for him.”

A chapter is now closed for DFC, but another one is about to begin.

It may now be the close season, but with that stage of the year now shorter than ever, the board are conscious of the need to appoint soon, although a diligent process will be undertaken.

John added: “Talks have taken place between the board since Jim informed us of his decision, and we have begun the process of seeking out our new manager.

“We realise that the first matchday of next season is less than seven weeks away, and the new manager will need time to assemble a squad and put them through pre-season training by then. While some time does need to be taken to find the right candidate, we must move sharply and it is our intention to do so.

“As all of our players are now out of contract, the new manager’s first squad will consist entirely of players they have either signed or re-signed to the club. The board will back them to the fullest extent possible.

“We will keep our supporters informed of developments, and they can also play a part in backing the new manager by purchasing a season ticket, details of which we will announce soon.”

Andy Galloway

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