It’s been a while since my last blog for macb and it’s safe to say that in that time a lot has changed at Partick Thistle both for the club and me personally. The manager (well the now ex-manager I guess) recalled me early from my loan spell with Albion Rovers which left me with mixed feelings.
On the one hand I was sad to leave Rovers as I’d really enjoyed my time there, however on the other I was delighted to get back to Firhill to try and force my way into what is and has been all season a very, very good team. Before the turn of the year a couple of injuries hampered my progress, which was frustrating to say the least, but now I’m over the knocks and niggles and ready to help the team when I’m called upon.
As for what’s been happening at the club, the last few weeks have seen a big change here at Firhill – but we’re all confident it won’t knock us off our stride. Our manager Jackie McNamara and his assistant Simon Donnelly obviously left to join Dundee Utd a few weeks ago. It was all a bit of a shock to the boys at the time as it all happened so quickly, but hey these things happen in football and it’s part of a footballer’s job to be able to adapt and deal with change – it’s not always a bad thing. Jackie and “Sid” were absolutely brilliant with the lads and they’d worked wonders to get the team into the position we’re in just now. Not only that but it’s fair to say that on our day, Thistle play the best brand of football in the First Division which is something I know the fans really appreciate and enjoy watching, even if some of the pitches aren’t exactly conducive to good football.
Even though we were really sorry to see Jackie and Sid go, we’ve been given a massive lift as Alan Archibald our club captain has been put in charge of the team for the foreseeable future. Archie is a born winner and a guy who knows what it takes to win leagues, who the fans love and more importantly has the respect of all the players in the dressing room. I think you’d be hard pushed to find a player who didn’t want Archie to get the job full time – we’re all 100% behind him. The good thing from the players point of view is that Archie (although I suppose I should call him gaffer now!) worked with Jackie and Simon as a coach – as well as playing for them – so very little has changed and all the lads are totally focused on getting the club back to the top level.
Sine Archie took over we haven’t had a game as both Cowdenbeath and Raith were postponed 2 postponed so this Saturday’s match against Morton will be our first with Archie in charge. It’s a huge game for both club’s, but we’re confident our fans – now nicknamed Archie’s Army – will march down to Cappielow and get right behind the new manager and the team so that we can continue to work towards winning this league.