Thursday 22nd November 2012

IAN Murray has declared himself delighted to be part of Dumbarton FC’s challenge to remain in the Irn Bru Scottish Football League Division One.

‘Nid’, as he is known thanks to his background growing up in Niddrie – a suburb of Edinburgh – joined the Sons as manager today replacing Alan Adamson in the hot seat and is over the moob to be given the chance to develop his career at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Speaking immediately after completing an 18-month deal, the new gaffer said: “I’m really looking forward to the job ahead and I’m grateful for the opportunity to show what I can do both as a player and manager.

“There’s no doubt that we have a mountain to climb given our league position but it’s by no means impossible to make progress.”

Although in the last few seasons he has struggled with injury, he is still keen to play.

He continued: “I’m about two weeks away from being properly match fit and with my role being dual I’m definitely going to be part of the squad.”

Although he won’t be in full charge of the team this Saturday against Dunfermline Athletic, he will be in attendance to assess what is now his squad.

He said: “Jack, with whom I’m delighted to be working, knows the players much better than I do at this stage, so it makes sense for him to lead at the weekend.

“I’ll meet the players tonight at training, and on Saturday I’ll have a quick word before kick-off, with my first game in charge against Hamilton Accies in the Scottish Cup the following weekend.

“Over my career I’ve built up some good relationships with players and managers and I’ll be looking to put that experience to good use at Dumbarton.”

Alan Findlay

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