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New Management and Fresh Impetus

October 13, 2018


THE search for a new manager and a fresh sense of impetus is now in full swing at Dumbarton FC, following the departure of gaffer Stevie Aitken — and the Sonstrust is calling on all Sons fans to pull together as the club looks to reshape and consolidate after a difficult start to life in League One.

The trust, which brings together Dumbarton fans near and far, has been properly consulted in the recent deliberations by the board at DFC. The chairman and directors have listened to supporters at every stage, while recognising that their primary responsibility for the future of the club has to be discharged with full knowledge and recognition of a large range of on- and off-field factors.  Some of these are publicly visible, while others can only really be assessed with close connection to the hands-on running of the club. We thank them for acting decisively and thoughtfully when the time felt right to make a change.

Parting company with a manager who has shown real commitment and worked so hard for us is never easy. As a trust, we send our very best wishes to Stevie Aitken for his future, and we offer our sincere thanks for all that he has done  during his time with Dumbarton FC. That has included getting us to our first major Cup final in the modern era and negotiating the demands of the Championship with slender resources and a part-time team.

This season we have been hit by a horrendous and continuing catalogue of injuries which staff and players have coped with as best they could. We are still not out of the woods on that front, but the board believes that a fresh perspective can begin to turn things around as the situation improves, and all efforts are now being made to secure the right person to lead that task in the second quarter of the 2018/19 season and beyond.

As a trust we recognise that our members have often had sharply divided opinions on how to move forward in recent weeks. We now need to heal those differences and pull together in support of the team. In particular, we are all going to need to play our part in helping to generate the resources Dumbarton FC needs to move forward. This is a time for solidarity among all those who have the best interests of the Sons at heart.

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