Falkirk boss was pounding the pavement instead of toasting the title

David McCracken went a run to clear his head when he could have been on the touchline in the League One finale between title contenders Raith Rovers and Falkirk last weekend.

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 1:18 pm
David McCracken

Saturday could have been, should have been or would have been Falkirk’s league title day, depending on your views of the Bairns season prospects.

Instead of Falkirk facing Raith Rovers in a top of the table clash, potentially for the Ladbrokes League One title, Bairns co-boss David McCracken was doing everything he could to take his mind off where it could have been.

“I went out a run,” the 38-year-old said, “I did what I could to take my mind off it – the usual to keep busy but all the while it was at the back of the head – it was a missed opportunity.

Sign up to our daily The Falkirk Herald Today newsletter

Declan McManus scored the equaliser against Raith Rovers the last time the sides met. Picture: Michael Gillen

“There were a few messages going around and a few tags on social media about how it should have been the last day of the season and a massive game against Raith Rovers with a view of the title – depending on where they would have been, and ourselves.

“We were always confident we’d have been on top and it would have been a great game to have been involved in but it wasn’t to be.

“We’ve been saying for weeks now we have to park it, put it to bed and say that’s gone, there’s nothing we can do and we just wait for the reconstruction talks and start planning or putting things in place to see where things go.”

The co-manager is like the vast majority of Bairns, on furlough, but he’s itching for a return to work once there’s certainty over the pandemic, club and league set-up.

After an SPFL vote, Raith were given the League One winners' title with eight games to be played.

He added: “The first few weeks we were off but saying we should have been doing this and that each day but soon you forget, the days roll into one another and the routine goes. We don’t have that working week. Every day is the same trying to fill it and being on furlough we’re not doing any work so it is hard – the quicker we can find a bit of normality the better.

“We don’t know when we’ll be back and where. We’re fortunate the chairman is involved in the talks and we’re hoping we might get some clarity from that and hopefully, from a self-interest point of view, there’s a change for Falkirk.”

Until then the Bairns will be looking at what might have been, and what could still be with discussions expected to continue until the end of this month at least.