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Manager Speaks Candidly

February 16, 2014

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SONS boss Ian Murray collected his SPFL manager of ther month award today, an accoloade bestowed on him by the Scottish Football Writers Association for guiding his Dumbarton team to a 100% winning record in the opening month of the new year.

It’s a trophy that’s well deserved and the adoring 120 or so Sons fans who had gathered in the Bet Butler Stadium 24 hours earlier to hear him address them in his second meet the manager session would no doubt be delighted at the news.

And with his opening answer, Murray put many Sons fans at ease confirming he wasn’t planning on going anywhere in the near future.

“It has been a great 18 months but I am still young and learning and there is stuff I want to be better at” before adding, “At the moment I am perfectly happy here”.

Murray also confirmed he was looking to extend contracts of those already at the club.

“There’s one or two to speak to in the next weeks to try and tie them down on new contracts. Jordan Kirkpatrick recently signed one and CT will be here next season too.”

Dumbarton v Falkirk 15.02.14

‘Nid’ also spoke of how he felt the season was going as a whole for Dumbarton

“I am happy with where we are at the moment. Playoffs will be difficult should we make them but anything can happen” before adding, “With the squad we have – if we were full time – I am confident we would be challenging for the title”

However, Murray was slightly disappointed over dropped points saying:

“I look at games and ask myself what if we picked up wins against Cowdenbeath where we were 2-1 up, and Alloa where we dominated in a 1-1 draw. Would we be title challengers?”

Dumbarton v Falkirk 15.02.14

Ian was also quizzed about the upcoming games and what they would mean come the end of the season.

“The next three games are massive for us because we are playing the teams around us and the league is just so tight” he explained. “Every game we play becomes bigger and bigger because of how well the players are doing”.

“The style of play won’t be drastically changed for the Aberdeen game”

The Sons boss then told the gathered fans he thinks his playing days are over.

“I don’t think you’ll see me in a Dumbarton shirt now. I think I’m done

“Barring an emergency I think me and Jacko (Jack Ross) are unlikely to feature”

Looking ahead to next season, the gaffer said:

“It will be great for us to play teams like Rangers and Hearts next season. But we’d like to play at the highest possible level.”

Dumbarton v Falkirk 15.02.14

The gaffer also spoke of the strike force he has at his disposal.

“Nish and Kane complement each other very week. Nish takes the knocks and wins the headers whilst Kano runs about plays off the shoulders of defenders and has pace.”

“And we have guys like Prunty and Fleming who also complement each other well”

The session was wrapped up with a vote of thanks to Ian from trust member Paul McDonald and the fans applause that started at 12.30pm was to be repeated at 4.45pm with Sons victory against Falkirk continuing what has been a splendid unbeaten run.

Report by Jack Crawford and Alan Findlay
Photographs – Donald Fullarton and Jeff Holmes

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