Falkirk look towards new chairman... but who?

Martin Ritchie wants to leave the chairman's role by the end of the season
Martin Ritchie wants to leave the chairman's role by the end of the season
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Falkirk football club’s directors will make a decision on Martin Ritchie’s successor as chairman tonight 
(Thursday).

The Bairns board meets at the stadium and a decision to appoint a new leader in the boardroom is expected to be rubber stamped.

And it’s understood to be a straight choice between accountant and former FalkirkTV commentator Andy Thomson and former Member of Parliament Doug Henderson (both pictured left).

The Falkirk Herald revealed the pair were the early front-runners for the vacancy created by Mr Ritchie;’s dramatic U-turn on his departure last November.

Since then a ‘rigorous’ selection process has been led by the outgoing chairman and his day-to-day deputy Douglas McIntyre.

Assessments over the needs of the position going forward were made in light of Mr Ritchie’s year-long consultation over the future of the ‘franchise’. The requirements were then cross-referenced against the qualities held by each potential candidate.

The shortlist has, however, ended up as expected and directors will tonight try to make their mind up over who leads the Bairns’ return to the top division, and the best way to do it.

The current incumbent (pictured above) has had two spells at head of the table, and his successor will become the 20th official chairman of the club.