New Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has spoken in glowing terms about his three and a half years in the dugout at Falkirk.
As Fakirk head for Greenock today, they have a solid base for the next manager to work from according to their outgoing boss, who took assistant Neil Macfarlane south with him just four days after sealing a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final spot.
“I hope I have left good foundations in place,” said Pressley.
After time as a player, an assistant manager to Eddie May and then as manager, leaving Westfield for his former club was a wrench, he said.
“It was hard because I left behind some truly great people. When you work at a club for three and a half years you make a lot of friends – I had a wonderful chairman there and it was a great journey, great learning curve for me.
“But I have always had a burning ambition to manage in England because it is such a great theatre for football. I have been linked with various jobs but this one just seemed to be the right fit.”
The move to League One, where he will face some of his former players liek Ryan Flynn and Farid El Alagui, and former boss John Hughes, is a step up he added.
“The things I worked hard towards at Falkirk are mirrored here at a higher level at Coventry.
“I worked hard to make it a better club and I hope I have left good foundations in place for the next manager to come on and take that step further. It’s been hard and challenging with many ups and downs but we were very persevering in our quest to see out our vision, and it’s nice to see that other people have recognised what we’ve been doing.”
Pressley took his first Sky Blues training session in the Midlands yesterday, which he described as “intense” and will be in Scunthorpe this afternoon while Falkirk take on league leaders Greenock Morton with Alex Smith and Stevie Crawford in the dugout.