Falkirk have angered their own fans by extending Steven Pressley’s stay at the club by extending his contract until May 2012.
Sections of the Falkirk support wanted shot of Pressley, but club chairman Martin Ritchie thought otherwise.
Ritchie told his club website, “The club is about to go through substantial changes. From board room to management level, to our football HQ at Stirling University and at our offices.”
Falkirk presently sit third in the First Division, six points behind league leaders Dunfermline with two games remaining. Their only hope of securing promotion is if Dunfermline lose to Morton on Saturday, then Falkirk beat the Pars at East End Park the following week, and hoping that Raith Rovers in second spot fail to win their final two games.
Ritchie continued, “Before making these changes, we need to ensure we have a solid foundation in the core of our business and the extension of Steven’s contract is a key to this, Steven has been manager for the last 15 months and is part way through the job he was set to build an exciting young side largely drawn from our academy graduates. The board is committed to maintaining the academy as central to the football strategy.
“We believe that, in the medium and longer term, this strategy can give us competitive advantage in both football and financial terms. Steven has demonstrated his commitment to Falkirk Football Club and to the football strategy he has helped to create and fully endorses. Having secured Steven’s position as manager, we can now progress with key changes in the business.
“These will address our ability to provide an attractive football team that will challenge for promotion to the SPL within the very severe financial constraints under which we have to work.”
However the news of Pressley’s contract extension has angered the fans. On the Falkirk forum, One F in Falkirk, Mustafa_Skagfix said: “Well Played Martin and the rest of Cretins Inc. Uv just talked yourself out of another customer.”
And ghoust_of_hope_street said, “no season ticket for me. will wait and see who leaves and who comes in, before even deciding if i will even bother with pay at the gate, gutted.”
While yermaw stated, “I have attended Falkirk games for years. Since i was 4. Never have I felt so removed from the club in all that time. When we were promoted to the SPL it all started with the who Yogi V Fans nonsense.Now were getting to that stage before this season has even started!! No one knows the squad for next year but almost all I have spoken to tonight are refusing to renew their seasons. All normal punters who go to the home games, some aways and buy the strip. The club came begging for cash after the meeting a few weeks ago. Well I never renewed and I don’t think i will. If 400 fans turn up and as the board declared “we care” then why ignore the overall majority of fans?
And Jarvis the Ginger General said, “this is the nightmare I was expecting. It will take 5-10 years to recover from the disastrous reign of May/Pressley. A f***ing depressing decision which will guarantee mediocrity for the next few years – the guy is a buffoon with zero managerial talent – I’ve seen nothing to suggest he will get any better – a few lucky wins over the stirlings/cowdenbeaths/particks don’t fool me. Will seriously reconsider attending tomorrow now.”