New boss relishes challenge ahead

New boss Martyn Corrigan is looking forward to the big kick-off
New boss Martyn Corrigan is looking forward to the big kick-off

New Stenhousemuir boss Martyn Corrigan says that exciting times await for the Ochilview club as it gears up for the start of the new season.

The Warriors travel to Stranraer on Saturday for the first round of the Ramsdens Cup and a game that can’t come fast enough for the 34-year-old.

“The players are fit and raring to go,” he told Heraldsport.

“I would appeal for the fans to turn out and make the trip to Stranraer. This is the beginning of what I think will be an exciting season for the club and I’m sure they’re going to enjoy it. We’ve got a good squad here.”

Corrigan landed the Ochilview hotseat after the club’s board judged he was the best candidate out of a total of 17 applications for the job.

Despite spending last season as a Stenny player himself, albeit sidelined through injury for most of it, the Warriors boss had no worries about making the step up.

“The respect has always been there,” he said. “Since I’ve come in the players have made it clear they are prepared to work hard.”

Corrigan also expressed his happiness that he will be joined by Kevin McGoldrick, who has agreed to stay on as assistant manager.

“It’s great news. I’m delighted. Kevin and Davie helped Stenhousemuir finish in their highest league position for 12 years last season. There’s a lot to build on.”

That view was echoed by club chairman Bill Darroch.

“Kevin knows the players, he knows the system here,” he said. “The board of directors feel we’ve got an excellent management team in place for the season in him and Martyn.

“It was very disappointing to miss out on the play-offs by one point last season. We’re hoping to improve on that this time around.”

Meanwhile, the new boss was pleased with his side’s 4-3 victory against local rivals East Stirlingshire in the opening round of the Stirlingshire Cup last Saturday, especially the performances of several new players.

Speaking afterwards, he said: “We want the Stenhousemuir people to come out and enjoy the sort of football we want to play.

“Anyone who came along today would surely have enjoyed the experience.

“I thought we played a lot of nice football and created a lot of chances which is what folk want to see.

“We did lose three goals, but there was a couple that were ricochets and I think there was a bit of luck involved. We didn’t get broken down with good play, but I am going to look at the DVD and we will do a bit of work on that during the week to make sure wee mistakes don’t cause goals.

“We signed Craig Anderson from Civil Service Strollers last week and I think you will see a lot of him this season.

“Darren Smith came on as a trialist and scored the winner. We are having a look at him. He is an ex- Motherwell team-mate of mine and has a bit of pace so we will see how things go.”