Bullen returns to Falkirk after verbally agreeing contract

Lee Bullen is back.   Pic Gary Hutchison
Lee Bullen is back. Pic Gary Hutchison

Lee Bullen says the rapport among the personnel at Falkirk was a deciding factor in his return to the Bairns dug-out for the new season

Bully has taken a wage cut, in line with most returning to the cash-strapped club, but he says the connection he enjoys with the players and coaching staff at the club persuaded him to overlook finances for the love of the job.

“I am delighted it has been sorted out,” he said, “because I love working at the club - that’s the main reason for coming back.

“There’s a great relationship between the coaches, the staff and the players and I enjoy being that link between the players and the management.”

That role as go between brought Bullen a mouthful from some players - welcomed by the assistant boss - as he set them through a rigourous start to pre-season.

“There’s been a lot of moaning and lots of choice words, but that’s all positive and shows the guys are being worked hard - physically and mentally.

“They’ve come back and been great. I have had 20 years of hard pre-season graft, it’s a nice change to be holding the stopwatch.”

Bullen was first-team coach but will now become more like Steven Pressley’s assistant with Alex Smith offered a consultancy role.

To help, Bullen also took part in the UEFA Pro License course this summer, travelling to Denmark for the European Under-21 Championships with Davie Weir.

“I took my ‘A’ license four or five years ago so this was the next step,” he told Heraldsport. “There were a lot of good lads on the course, and it was a real benefit and real hard work too, sometimes we were up at 7 a.m. and to bed at 3 a.m..

“That will obviously further my coaching qualificationsbut for the time being I’m very happy where I am.

“There are financial restrictions at the club, last year was tough, this year even more so, but the financial side was not a particularly big factor in this decision.”