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BAIRNS OPT FOR HARTLEY

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PAUL HARTLEY is the new manager of Falkirk FC after agreeing in principal a two-and-a-half year deal with the club.

The 40-year-old replaces Peter Houston, who was sacked by the Bairns ten days ago after a poor start to the season.

Hartley, who had spells as a player at Celtic and Hearts, was sacked by Dundee in April.  Hartley, who led Alloa to successive promotions before taking the ‘Dee up to the Premiership in 2014.

It is expected that Hartley will be in the dugout for the clash with Dunfermline in the Irn Bru Cup.

The former-Scotland internationalist joins the side sitting 8th in the Championship, aided by the efforts of interim Alex Smith who led them to a 1-0 win at Cappielow on Saturday.

Hartley was one of four possible candidates identified by Scotzine as an ideal fit for the job, and it appears that he’s pipped the other candidates to the job.

Falkirk had previously held informal talks with Jim McIntyre over the vacancy but nothing materialised and the club have opted for Hartley.

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