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Manager determined to fight on

Thu 04 May 2017

 

Jim McInally is vowing to fight on as Peterhead manager, even if his team's relegation fears are confirmed this weekend.

The Blue Toon, currently bottom of the table, could drop out of League 1 after three consecutive seasons in Scotland's third tier.

To avoid demotion, the Balmoor club must defeat Alloa on Saturday and hope Stenhousemuir do not pick up three points against Brechin.

McInally has accepted full responsibility for a dismal season, which has produced just nine league wins, but has no intentions of calling time on his near six-year reign.

McInally said: "I know that will disappoint a lot of people but I just feel as though I have had terrific support from the town of Peterhead and I don't want to leave this as my legacy."

"Even if I do nothing else in the game, I would want to have another go at trying to win the league below and take us back up there again."

"Disappontingly for me, I have been saying for years that I thought Brechin City were a benchmark for us."

"The worst they do is have a bad season in League 1 but they always stay in it and I did not want us to be a yo-yo team like Arbroath or Forfar, which it looks like we might be."

"But there is still time to put that right and hopefully we can do that."

A late escape could yet happen.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that the Blue Toon could save themselves via the play-offs, providing results go their way on Saturday.

However, if last season's Challenge Cup finalists do go down , McInally would experience relegation for the first time in his managerial career.

The Blue Toon boss said: "I have been doing this for 13 or 14 years now and I have been fortunate enough that it has never happened to me."

"To be where we are is painful and the reason that I feel so bad about it is because we have come up short and there is no doubting that."

"If we get relegated, it is our own fault. Nobody else's."

"We have certainly got the tools and the players to be higher up the table and to be where we are is a disgrace and I take full responsibility for that."

 

By Glenn Moir