Partick Thistle have announced the appointment of Jackie McNamara as manager of the Firhill club. He will be the Jags 24th manager.
McNamara has been caretaker manager since the departure of Ian McCall last month and has guided Thistle to two wins and a draws in his five games in charge.
He first moved to Thistle in February 2010, when on loan from Falkirk, but that loan spell was cut short due to suffering a broken leg against Ayr United. However he returned to Firhill this season making 19 appearances before announcing his retirement as a player, as he took on the role as interim manager.
McNamara will be assisted by Simon Donnelly. Donnelly has played 153 times for the Jags and scored 19 times.
Director David Beattie said of the appointment: “I’ve bought some businesses in my time but I have to say that there is much more detail, and much more emotion, involved when it comes to appointing a manager. There is, of course, no guarantees when it comes to appointing a manager and we are taking a chance in appointing two individuals who are no tried and tested in football management but we are delighted to have appointed Jackie as manager and Simon as his assistant.”
“We think that this appointment could prove to be a real boom for the Club. Jackie was hugely impressive during the interview process and during his time in interim charge. He has thoughts on how to take the Club forward that are very similar to our own. This is, I think, an exciting time for Partick Thistle.”
McNamara was a happy man after being confirmed as Partick’s new manager: “This is a great day for me. I’m very proud and I’m very excited about the opportunity that I have been given here at Firhill.”
On Donnelly’s appointment, Jackie said: “Simon’s job will be a very important one. I’ve known Simon for a long time but this is anything but a case of jobs for the boys. It is very important for me, as I start my managerial career, to have a man alongside me that I completely trust. We have a very similar approach to how we want to see the game played, I think the Thistle fans will know how that is, and we will be looking to adopt a very professional approach both on and off the pitch.”
He added: “It is important that we already have the core of next season’s squad in place. I think we have the nucleus of a good squad here, a squad with the potential to do something.”
“The priority is getting the squad in place for next season but we need too to get pre-season organised and get some matches fixed up as well. I’ve already spoken to Ian Maxwell about what opposition that we could play and the dates that might be available. Ian Maxwell is a person that it is important for me to have a good relationship with and it will be good to have someone of his experience to turn to for help.”