Tuesday 6th November 2012

SONS Chief Executive Gilbert Lawrie has given an update on Sons search for a new manager following the departure of Alan Adamson.

Lawrie won’t comment on speculation on potential candidates but has confirmed the interviewing process is on course and that a new manager should be in place very soon, but stressed that the club won’t be rushed into an appointment.

He said : “We said right from the start we would not be drawn on speculation about individual candidates.

“We’re about halfway through the process and it’s going well. We’ve seen some very good candidates and we’ve got some more people to see before possible second interviews.

“We’re looking forward to getting through the next stage and hopefully making an appointment soon.

“But we can’t rush the process, it’s too important for that.

“This job requires a certain type of manager. It certainly requires someone who is going to give us complete commitment and enthusiasm.

“We think it’s a prestigious job, it’s an exciting job and I think we’ll find the right candidate.”

Commenting on former boss Alan Adamson’s remarks from last week, the Sons chief was keen to address the subjective comments made by him in last week’s press.

He continued : “I understand that Alan is hurting after we parted company, but there are several aspects of his comments that are simply not accurate.

“No-one at the club has ever said that promotion to the first division was not an ambition as reflected in the bonus clauses in both player and manager contracts . Anyone who attended the play off final at Airdrie and the party thereafter would have witnessed the joy of promotion evident from all associated with DFC.

“We want to be playing at the highest level possible that our situation will allow and we gave the previous manager all the resources we could to achieve that aim.

“Over the summer our playing budget was substantially increased to reflect our new status and the board gave the manager a clear remit to sign players of a quality which would deliver us the target of avoiding relegation.

“To claim that we are ill equipped for life in division one can be no more than subjective and is not backed by the factual budget provided.

“Whilst we cannot financially compete with the bigger full time teams, we should and can be more competitive than we are currently achieving.

“It’s all about looking forward now.”

Jack Ross will continue to be in interim charge and will occupy the dugout for this coming weekend’s game against Cowdenbeath.

Alan Findlay

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