Interviews start next week for vacant Falkirk hotseat

26-11-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Stadium. Falkirk Football Club AGM, finance interview with club chairman Martin Ritchie.
26-11-2012. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Stadium. Falkirk Football Club AGM, finance interview with club chairman Martin Ritchie.

Falkirk chairman Martin Ritchie has released an update on the hunt for a new manager and says he’ll make “the right decision, not a fast decision”.

As this morning’s edition of The Falkirk Herald revealed, a shortlist has been drawn up to interview candidates next week, however since last night’s print deadline a fifth mystery name has been added to the candidates for consideration.

Mr Ritchie said he was delighted with the applications received and added: “We continue to have an open mind about who will be appointed - at the moment we have no favourites for the role.”

He re-iterated that the club was seeking to appoint the right person, fulfilling specifications for the role.

“We have set some very clear criteria. The candidates should have the ability to create a successful team through winning, attack-minded football. They should also be focussed on sustained youth development and be able to create value through recruitment, development and sale of players.

“The job is not just about putting out a team on Saturdays. It is a seven days a week management job covering staff management, coaching, communications and finance.”

In the meantime, Alex Smith continues to take charge of the first team aided by Stevie Crawford and Robbie Neilson.

“We are fortunate that we have Alex Smith’s extensive knowledge and experience to call on until an appointment is made and our aim is to make the right decision, not to make a fast decision.”

Today’s national press speculation suggested John McGlynn would be considered for the post.

Other names such as Russell Latapy, Allan Moore, Martin Rennie, David Weir and Colin Cameron have also been linked with the role.