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Coughlin's looking up!

NEW Stenhousemuir manager John Coughlin has an impressive CV by any standard.

He has won promotion with EVERY club he has been involved with.

And now the 44-year-old, who was appointed to the Ochilview hot seat last Thursday, says he'd love to keep that record intact.

"I was at Berwick for nine years as assistant to Tom Hendrie and won the league there before we moved to Alloa, where we also won promotion," he told Heraldsport.

"We took St Mirren up to the Premier League as well and it's a record I'm very proud of – winning promotion with all the teams I have been involved with. So hopefully I can keep the trend going here."

He then managed the Buddies before returning to Berwick, where he also won the Third Division championship last season – the first in his own right.

And Coughlin went on to say that if he can also emulate former Stenhousemuir manager Terry Christie – someone he holds in high esteem – then there would be few complaints.

"I spent a long time with Terry and share the same way of looking at things, such as how to set teams up," he said.

"So if I had the same success as he did here – winning the Challenge Cup and the rest – then I'd be delighted. It would be pleasing to do what he did at the club."

Warriors fans would be even more pleased than the new gaffer.

Christie won the Challenge Cup at McDiarmid Park in 1995, beating Dundee United in a never to be forgotten final.

Then 'Muir knocked out Aberdeen and St Johnstone in the Scottish Cup before losing to Hibs in the quarter-finals.

And Christie helped Coughlin make up his mind about a move to Ochilview.

"People may not believe it, but there could only have been ten minutes between Campbell Money resigning and myself," he explained.

"The Berwick board refused to accept it but the following week they did and Stenhousemuir were given permission to talk to me.

"I contacted people including Terry and they spoke very highly of the folk who work behind the scenes here.

"The club could not have made me more welcome and the rest is now history.

"I left Berwick for various reasons, but travelling to another country for your home games gets a bit tedious after a while and you more or less had to get players from the Edinburgh area.

"Stenhousemuir is in a great site geographically, though, and the club has pulling power for players from both east and west, which is a big attraction."

Coughlin has brought his Shielfield Park assistant and youth coach at St Mirren, Matt Kerr, with him. Goalkeeping coach Alex Connon and chief scout Bill Barclay complete the backroom team.

"I came in last Thursday, but it was Saturday before I officially met the squad in a bounce game with Brechin," Coughlin continued.

"After 45 minutes I was delighted, but after 90 the picture had changed. One lapse of concentration cost us a goal and that's something we obviously have to address.

"Twenty three goals against and eight for is not good at this stage of the season, but it will be five or six weeks before we can get to grips with who is going to be good enough to stay in the side."

Apart from John Dempster, who he had at St Mirren, Coughlin admitted he is still trying to put names to faces.

"Some I know by reputation and others I have come up against before," he said.

"But I have told them I hope I don't have major surgery to do at Christmas and that there will be enough in the dressing room at the moment – the club can't afford to keep ripping teams up and starting again."

Nevertheless, Warriors fans making the trip to Arbroath on Saturday should not be surprised if there are already some new players.

"I have been working on some deals since I came in the door," added Coughlin.

"I hope to have a new face or two at training on Thursday and in the squad for Saturday."

It is understood that one may involve a loan deal for a goalkeeper who is currently with Hibernian.

sport@falkirkherald.co.uk

 
 
 

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