Caretaker manager Brown Ferguson has made his stint at Stenhousemuir permanent after two and a half months in temporary charge.
The former Stenny midfielder took over from Scott Booth and has steered Stenhousemuir to within touching distance of safety. The Warriors are now neck and neck with Ayr United with one of the two guaranteed to finish ninth and in the play-off position.
That finish had seemed a certainty around three months ago but with Ferguson in charge the Ochilview outfit strung together back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a year and defeated league leaders Stranraer to claw back the deficit and give themselves a fighting chance of League One football next term without facing one of the League Two runners-up.
Yesterday Brown, who has also played for East Stirlingshire tweeted: “Delighted and honoured 2 now have the backing of @StenhousemuirFC to lead the team next season. Allows the club to focus on this season.”
A statement on the Warriors’ website added: “The Board of Stenhousemuir Football Club is delighted to announce that Brown Ferguson has agreed to take over as first team Manager for next season - 2015/16.
“Brown took over responsibility for the first team in February of this year and has just accepted an offer from the Board to take over the role on a permanent basis for next season.
“Brown has served the Club well as a player, coach, and caretaker manager, and has proven his commitment to Stenhousemuir FC.
“For the time being, all efforts will continue to be focused on the final games of the current season. Brown is popular amongst players and fans alike, and with the support of all ‘Warriors’, we can end this season on a high whilst looking forward to the next season ahead with ‘Bomber’ at the helm.”
Ferguson grew up in the Falkirk district and played for ICI Juveniles before a senior career with the likes of Partick Thistle, Hamilton Accies, Stenhousemuir and the Shire. He is employed as an elite sports mentor at the University of Stirling.
Stenhousemuir host promotion hopefuls Forfar this afternoon. Kick off at Ochilview is 3 p.m.