Friday 1st February 2013

CONFIDENCE has been crucial in beginning to turn round the football prospects of Dumbarton, boss Ian Murray has told STV’s Scotland Tonight programme.

Appearing alongside Graham Spiers and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague in a general discussion about managing in the Scottish game, Murray stressed working positively with players and man management as key aspects of the job.

“The top clubs will always have the money… but for other [clubs] people don’t realise how tough it is,” he said, noting the gulf between part-time and full-time teams in the SFL First Division.

The discussion revolved around how to inject fresh energy into the game at a time of big financial challenges, decisions pending about reconstruction, and a new management team in charge of the national squad.

Graham Spiers said that one upside of the otherwise straitened climate faced by Scottish football was the emergence of ‘green shoots’ such as talented younger managers like Dumbarton’s Murray.

Catch Scotland Tonight on STV Player for the next seven days.

Simon Barrow

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