Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan pledged to bring the excitement and entertainment back to Ochilview when he replaced Davie Irons as manager – and two manager of the month awards and a pulsating climax to the season on Saturday is proof.
The season revolves around Saturday’s crucial match with Stranraer as the Irn-Bru Second Division comes charging to a dramatic conclusion.
And today Corrigan has claimed his second consecutive manager of the month award after leading Stenhousemuir through a remarkable unbeaten run and onto the brink of the play-off places.
“It’s the same as last month,” the Ochilview gaffer told The Falkirk Herald, “A reward for the entire team and their performances.” Only one match has no bearing on the play-off places as Stenhousemuir, Arbroath and Forfar vie for the final promotion space, and Stranraer –– who visit Ochilview – work to avoid the relegation play-off place with East Fife. It’s a frantic climax to the season that will have the Warriors crowd glued to their radios and smartphones for updates from elsewhere. But not Corrigan. Although he’s relying on Arbroath losing, and Forfar failing to win, the double-winning boss is firmly focused on Stenhousemuir for the 90 minutes and only a potential party at 4.45 p.m. “I won’t be interested in what is happening elsewhere until our game is finished. “That’s first and foremost. Of course the crowd will be listening in and that’s exciting for them, but I won’t be. “We know what we have to do. The boys have been incredible in the last few weeks and we’re on a great unbeaten run – we just need it to continue for one more game. “Stenhousemuir has never been in the First Division and have not been in the play-off either so this is a big day for us.” The unbeaten run saw Corrigan named manager of the month for March and the streak, which carried on through April, propelled the Warriors to the edge of the play-off race. “They have really pulled it out of the bag these last few weeks,” added the manager. “Last week we had half a dozen at training, yet on the Saturday they strapped up and have done the business. We’re struggling again but have big John Gemmell back from suspension, and Stewart Kean came through last week’s match without any reaction so that’s good too. “We have been great at times this season but have never had much luck with selection. Even in the past few weeks, although the results have been excellent and what we’ve needed and what I’ve asked for, we’ve done it without six of the first team players. “There’s no doubt it is an exciting end to the season and we are determined to keep going and end it on a high.” Corrigan won’t be able to call on the services of Brown Ferguson or Scot Buist for the crunch match with Stranraer, trying to stay above East Fife and preserve their Second Division status. If the Warriors’ quest is successful they will face First Division Cowdenbeath or Dunfermline in the play-off.