Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

CLUB STATEMENT

Monday 8th October 2018

IT was with a great deal of regret today that a chapter closed in the history of Dumbarton FC, with the club parting company with Stevie Aitken.

Today's news ended a tenure which began in May 2015.

He went on to keep the club in the Championship twice, and became the first man in 121 years to manage the club in one of the three current national cup finals.

There can also be very few managers at part-time level whose first league game in charge of the club was a victory over the team who went on to win that season's Scottish Cup. It was an outcome that was repeated later in the season on that club's other visit to Dumbarton.

As well as Hibernian, victories have been posted against the likes of Dundee United and St Mirren, and we were within seconds of taking the Irn Bru Cup final to extra time.

The Dumbarton FC board would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Stevie for all of this, and for all his hard work which started as soon as he walked through the door nearly three and a half years ago.

It is unfortunate that results this season have not matched the ambitions of either the club or Stevie himself, despite his tireless efforts and that of the staff and squad.

We are only too aware of the injuries which at times have severely impacted the playing squad this season. That was one of a range of considerations taken into account by the board in reaching a difficult decision.

However, after careful and ongoing discussion, it was felt that a change at this stage, at the end of the first quarter of the season, can help bring about longer term revived fortunes on the pitch as Dumbarton FC strives to move forward.

There are still 81 points to play for over the remaining three-quarters of the season and our commitment is to continue to improve both on and off the pitch.

Everybody's support in trying to achieve a positive outcome will be very much appreciated.

The board is immediately beginning the process of recruiting a new manager.

We have no game next weekend and will use this to our advantage with the extra time this affords us.

We would invite any SUITABLY-QUALIFIED candidates to register their interest by emailing afindlay@dumbartonfc.com, attaching a full CV with suitable references.

They may also write to: The Vice-Chairman, Dumbarton Football Club, C&G Systems Stadium, Castle Road, Dumbarton G82 1JJ.

While the target is to have a manager appointed for our next fixture, away to Arbroath on Saturday 20 October, the club recognised that it is more important to have the right candidate in post, and we will take the time needed to achieve this.

We will keep our supporters informed of official developments.

Dumbarton Football Club