Duffy signed to rescue struggling Sons
By Bill Heaney : Picture by Donald Fullarton
Jim Duffy has been appointed as manager of Dumbarton FC just two weeks after his predecessor, Stevie Aitken, left the football ground in the scenic shadow of Dumbarton Rock.
Duffy has been in and around senior football for the past 40 years, most recently as a member of the growing band of pro footballers who have sought sanctuary in the press box.
Speculation that Sons were after Dumbarton-born Jim McIntyre for the post turned to sand when McIntyre agreed a contract to take over the manager’s job with Dundee FC at Dens Park. From February 2011 to April 2018, Duffy was continuously managing clubs, firstly with Clyde and then with Morton. He has twice himself been manager of Dundee and also has Falkirk, Hibernian and Brechin City on his CV.
Duffy told the Sons’ website reporters: “First and foremost, I’m delighted. It’s a club I feel has always been very well organised, on and off the pitch, and has been very welcoming when I’ve come here in the past few years. I’m thrilled to be the new manager.
“You always want to be involved in the technical area, or dugout as it used to be known, and experience the adrenaline and thrill of it all on a Saturday. But I’ve been fortunate enough (recently), doing some work in the media and getting to a range of games. It’s a challenge I’m looking forward to and hopefully we can improve the fortunes of the team.”
Jim’ Duffy’s introduction to the G&C Stadium crowd will be at Saturday’s home fixture against East Fife.
“People say that this team or that team looks good on paper, but games aren’t played on paper, and we now have to focus on playing East Fife on Saturday.
“I don’t know what training has been like for the players before, but I will just be myself. There are players I’ve worked with before but that makes no difference. I’ll come here with a fresh approach. I’ve got things I’m looking to do.
“The intensity of training has to be high but I don’t think I’m different to any other manager in that respect.”
Duffy’s career, which started as a player with Celtic, has seen him coach at Chelsea, Portsmouth and Norwich City.
Where will he take the Sons?
Duffy said: “It is too early to say what we hope to achieve. I am just looking for the team to play their best and as a team, to help each other, work hard for each other, and try to turn results around.”