Safety in Second at Stenny

PIC: Gary Hutchison, 14th December 2010. Stenhousemuir, Ochilview. Stenhousemuir Chairman David Reid presents Scott Gibb with his belated Northern Ireland U'21 caps.
PIC: Gary Hutchison, 14th December 2010. Stenhousemuir, Ochilview. Stenhousemuir Chairman David Reid presents Scott Gibb with his belated Northern Ireland U'21 caps.
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WARRIORS chairman Martin McNairney is delighted Davie Irons’ men ensured a second D-day scenario passed off positively for the club.

But he’s not looking for another one.

The Ochilview chairman says he’s hoping the club will make changes over the summer that will boost their chances of competing at the opposite end of the Second Division table next season.

“I’m really pleased for the manager,” he told Heraldsport.

“It has been a season blighted by injuries for both him and John Coughlin - we’re only beginning to see the best of guys like Simon Lynch after so long out. Alex Williams missed a chunk of the season too.

“It’s the second time we’ve been in this final day scenario and the second time we’ve been saved.

“Last year it was in our hands, this year it wasn’t - I don’t want to test the water a third time.

“This summer is a chance for Davie Irons to bring in his own players and make his own changes and we’ll see what he can do from there.”

The changes began on Tuesday night when Davie Irons told his players if their futures lay with the Warriors, or elsewhere.

Leaving will be Scott Fusco, Ross Clark, Pat Scullion, Jordan Smith, Andy Stirling, Steven Thompson, Alex Williams and Lewis Sloan. Others will be offered training.

But Davie Irons has already drawn up his shopping list.

The Warriors chief has started the process of telling his players which of them will be staying and who will not get a new contract.

“I do not mean to be disrespectful to anyone but we have to be realistic. We only avoided the relegation play-off by two points and we have struggled with the players we have.

“The club just managed to stay in the Second Division and now we have to re-shape the squad for next season,” Irons said.

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