Investment In Squad Welcomed

30 June 2013 01:06
It is hard to compete when the resources are not there to improved the squad. Can East Stirling avoid a hat-trick of the basement slot finishes

East Stirling have made the hard transition from being in debt to being in a position to provide funds to improve the squad. Chairman Tony Ford is well aware of the difficulties faced by coach John Coughlin as he struggled to avoid ending the last two seasons at the bottom of the pile of professional sides. The lack of funds meant that Coughlin had to rely on an inexperienced side to see out the fixtures. This time around Ford has increased Coughlin’s budget which allowed some experienced players including Michael Bolochoweckyj from Forfar, Chris Townsley and Berwick Rangers’ Iain Thomson to be added to the squad.Ford said: "It has all being about getting our business right in the past couple of years and we are nearly there with that. It saddens me to see Hearts and Dunfermline in trouble but we have come through it, albeit at a lesser scale, and hopefully they will as well. We had 94 goals in the against column last season and that told its own story. John has secured promotion with Berwick and Stenhousemuir but he had to do a very different job here and we are now able to help him do that by bringing in more experienced players. He has used the budget well to get in the experience players that he has. We would lose a goal last season and heads would drop, that should not happen now. We will look to be much more positive this season where we will look to be more competitive and play good football."

Source: ScottishFitba