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Manager of the Month frustrated in signings bid

Thu 08 Feb 2018

Jim McInally has been named the League 2 Manager of the Month for the second time in succession but it has still not been the best of weeks for the Peterhead boss.

The former Dundee Utd midfielder, after guiding the Blue Toon to four wins from five matches in January, picked up the same prize he won in December.

February, however, began with a painful defeat to title rivals Montrose, who pulled four points clear at the top. The Balmoor club still have two games in hand.

McInally, before and after that loss, has also been frustrated in his attempts to beef up his squad, and the worst fears over Nicky Riley’s horror injury have been confirmed.

 

JANUARY MANAGER OF THE MONTH:

“It is good for the players but it means nothing to me personally.”

“Losing to Montrose last Saturday has made it a long week so this award does not make it any better in all honesty.”

“I just want to move on to this weekend’s game.”

 

LEAGUE 2 TITLE RACE:

“Losing last week was a blow but good luck to Montrose because they have been up there the whole season.”

“We move on to Edinburgh this week and Montrose have got Stenhousemuir, who I believe will still have a say in this league.”

“Stenny will still think they can win it and that is my belief as well so there is a long way to go, 14 games for us, but you cannot look any further than the next one.”

 

SEARCH FOR NEW PLAYERS:

“I know that players coming from the west look at how much time coming to Peterhead eats into their life.”

“What has disappointed me the most is the attitude of the younger players, whose clubs are actually keen for them to go out on loan.”

“They knock it back because they either think they should be playing at a higher level or they do not fancy the travel.”

“We will keep looking, although it has been non-stop and I am sure at some point, we will get a break and get a couple of new faces in.”

“It is important we try and get one or two bodies in because we are about to go into a busy schedule again.”

 

NICKY RILEY UPDATE:

“Nicky has torn his cruciate ligament, apart from fracturing his knee.”

“It was actually a triple injury and it is going to be a major operation for Nicky and a rebuild so that is really unfortunate.”

“Our thoughts are with Nicky because he is a popular guy around the club and with the supporters so we want to try and win the title for him.”

“He is someone we will be without for the foreseeable future and he will be missed.”

 

 

By Glenn Moir