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Meet the Manager – Stevie Aitken

October 5, 2015
Sons boss Stevie Aitken addresses supporters at October's Meet the Manager session.

Sons boss Stevie Aitken addresses supporters at October’s Meet the Manager session.

Stevie Aitken held his first Meet the Manager session as Dumbarton manager before last Saturday’s match with Livingston, writes Jack Crawford.

The event, organised by the Sonstrust, and held in the community suite at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, was attended by roughly 50-60 Sons fans with people of all ages taking their turn to quiz the new man in charge.

Aitken began by telling the crowd that his intention was always to take part in a session like this as soon as he came into the job as he feels it’s important the fans and managers have a good relationship with each other.

It didn’t take long for the tough questions to be asked, as one Sons fan asked if Donald McCallum is part of the manager’s plans.

The gaffer agreed that the talent is their with the young attacker. Aitken said: “Donald is a fantastic kid with lots of potential. What he has shown is that he has a part to play here.”

Dumbarton started the league season brightly with wins over Hibs and St Mirren, but, before the win over Livingston which followed the session, had yet to find another win.

However, Stevie does think his side have been unlucky and admits he and his staff are still finding things out.

He said: “I believe we should have more points than we have. I think we should have 11 or 12.

“I have been having the same talk with the players after the game, which is so near yet so far.

“I don’t think that we have looked out of place in any games this season.”

Manager Aitken responds to a question posed by a Dumbarton fan.

Manager Aitken responds to a question posed by a Dumbarton fan.

Aitken then underlined his expectations for the season. The former Stranraer manager said: “I believe we can get fourth place. I have no doubts in the players we have and I’m confident we can have a right good successful season.”

Before adding: “People will say staying in the division is a success but not for me.”

When he first came into the job, Aitken explained to audience that he made immediate changes.

He said: “I changed the facilities as we had no goals at the old training pitch.”

Aitken then explained that he contacted Benburb FC which is where the club now train two nights a week.

The gaffer told that Frazer Wright said to him that the training was more intense than anything the veteran defender had ever been through during his career.

Aitken also said that he got rid of the new training gear when he came into the club and joked that he must have cost the club thousands of
pounds.

He said: “We wear suits as we are representing a club and town.”

The Question and Answer session was obviously a good luck charm for Dumbarton, as Sons secured their first win in seven league games just hours later by defeating Livingston 2-1.

Photos kindly donated/supplied by trust member Andy Scott. View his work at www.truescottphotograhphy.com

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