Wilson backs Pressley for SPL return

Ross Wilson is heading for Watford
Ross Wilson is heading for Watford

Steven Pressley is the right man for Falkirk, says one of his outgoing back-room team.

Ross Wilson, the club’s head of football development, leaves the Bairns tomorrow after seven years with the club, but insists he leaves the club in full confidence of the man at the helm.

“If anyone can take this club back into the SPL, it is Steven Pressley,” he told Heraldsport.

“He is an incredibly, incredibly hard-working man and gives his all for this club. He commands respect and gives the young players a chance and buys into and believes in what we have been trying to achieve at this club.”

That is becoming ever more important as the Bairns finances struggle but “next year will be a challenging one for all football clubs - not just Falkirk,” added Wilson.

The Falkirk finances took a blow at the weekend when Scott Arfield and Huddersfield went close to gaining promotion to the nPower championship.

The Terriers lost 3-0 to Peterborough United and one of the clauses in the midfielder’s deal didn’t come through in the Bairns’ favour.

“It’s disappointing for Scott, and disappointing for us at Falkirk,” said boss Steven Pressley.

He has now lost Wilson from his team at the Stirling University training base and is still waiting to begin reversing the exodus that has marked the past month at the club.

Darren Dods has not yet agreed a deal, and Andrew Barrowman is waiting on Derek Adams’ return from holiday before discussing his Ross County future according to reports in the Highlands.

Graham Bowman remains the under-17 goalkeeper and the most senior stopper on the Bairns’ books.