Bairns right to stick with Elvis says rival

09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, Dunfermline FC v Falkirk FC'steven pressley
09/04/2011'FHS - IRN BRU FIRST DIVISION, Dunfermline FC v Falkirk FC'steven pressley
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DUNFERMLINE boss Jim McIntyre says Falkirk’s board of directors were right to give Steven Pressley more time in the job.

And, unlike the mocking tone of his club’s supporters who chanted “Pressley must stay,” the Dunfermline gaffer actually meant it.

Pressley received a year-long extension to his contract two weeks ago despite a ground-swell of supporters turning up at a club meeting calling for the opposite.

But McIntyre empathised with Elvis after his side’s 3-0 victory over Falkirk on Saturday.

“I’m glad he’s been given his contract extension because as a manager there is a period in my second season I was on a shoogly peg.

“But back then the board stuck with me over those five games and we improved year on year.

“Every manager will go through that and it’s important clubs continue with the continuity and don’t chop and change.

“The lack of finance and the demands of the first division increases the pressure, because the holy grail is to get up and back among the big teams where the money is, but there are a lot of good teams, good managers and good players in this league.”

McIntyre also revealed Pressley gifted him congratulations and a bottle of wine before the game and added: “A lot of things have been written about him because he’s his own man.

“But he was like that as a player, but Steven Pressley is a nice guy, a nice guy, and I wish him every success.”

Falkirk have been one of the main cheerleaders for expanding the size of the SPL.

McIntyre believes the club, like his own, have more to offer to the SPL outside the current crop of 12.

“Look at the opening day of the season, 7,000 at Falkirk.

“There were almost 8,000 here for the presentation. I don’t think that will be the case right through the winter next season but it shows there are big clubs who could add to the numbers.”

For Falkirk, though, they must wait to join the top table and make wholesale changes.

More than 16 players will leave the Bairns this summer with only Darren Dods, Ross County striker Andrew Barrowman and Grant Munro being touted for a move to Westfield so far in the close season.