It’s no big deal for Bairns boss Houston

Bairns boss Peter Houston -   credit - fife photo agency
Bairns boss Peter Houston - credit - fife photo agency

Peter Houston would welcome another tilt at the top tier with Falkirk – one that would take him beyond his current two-year contract.

The manager will take part in next week’s AGM, alongside the club’s board of directors, having served almost three quarters of his initial Bairns deal penned in 2014 but he admits an extension has not been discussed by the parties.

With Falkirk going great guns in the SPFL Championship ahead of Saturday’s visit from Alloa, the promotion push is gathering pace and if Houston did take the Bairns back to the Premiership, he’d like to lead them there.

“I said when I came back here my aim was to try and get Falkirk out of this league and nothing would make me happier than doing that,” he said. “If if we went up then obviously I would be keen to get another sniff at the Premiership.

“I signed a two-year contract. I was happy to do so and I haven’t even decided anything in my own mind. There is still plenty of time with regards to that.

“I work with a decent board who have tried to help me, I have always been forthcoming and we are fairly open with each other. I wouldn’t go into the next board meeting and say: ‘I’m out at the end of the season, what’s happening?’ That’s not my style.

“If they want me they’ll keep me. I am very relaxed about it.”

The future of Falkirk – the team and the club as a whole – will be discussed at next week’s shareholders’ meeting in the Westfield Lounge. Before then though, Houston has the more pressing issue of continuing the good form shown in recent games against bottom-side Alloa.

“Alloa will be every bit as hard as the Raith game we have just played,” he added.

“People will think Falkirk just need to turn up and play to beat Alloa. Let me tell you, Alloa will come here, they have a good manager in Danny Lennon, they’ll be organised, they’ll get people behind the ball and they’ll try and hit us on the counter attack.

“And the problem that will cause us is we’ll probably have more of the ball. If there are a lot of bodies in there and we don’t get a goal early all of a sudden the pressure will come from the stands, people will become anxious.

“We have got to be calm, cool and collected, work hard and take our chances when we get them. We’re going to have to be patient and the fans will need to be patient.”