McGlynn: My own future comes second

4011086 SSFF livingstone raith 'John McGlynn & Paul Smith - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Almondvale, Livingstone
4011086 SSFF livingstone raith 'John McGlynn & Paul Smith - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Almondvale, Livingstone

RAITH Rovers boss John McGlynn will put the uncertainty over his own future to one side to concentrate on the club’s push for survival.

McGlynn’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the board of directors have not yet made an offer to keep last season’s manager of the year.

McGlynn indicated to SportsPress that he is keen to extend his stay at Stark’s Park but stressed his sole focus for now is on keeping the club in the First Division.

“It’s not really cropped up to be honest,” he said. “We’re all just trying to get by month-to-month.

Uncertainty

“There’s more imminent things that are more important. Yes, looking forward, there’s uncertainty about the situation, not just with regards myself, but with players that are running out of contract.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone, but I can understand the board not looking too far ahead.

“There’s a lot of circumstances that go into making up a budget, ultimately what league we’ll be in, and that’s not a foregone conclusion.

“We’re all just very much concentrating on what is happening now. We can only look as far ahead as the next game – and that’s what we’re doing.”

McGlynn described the current season as his most difficult in five years at the club, but he hopes he will be stronger for it.

“I’ve always said I enjoy working here,” he explained.

Character

“We’ve built it up over the years but this year, down to finances, we’ve had to draw back a bit and cut the squad.

“That’s a test of character, but if we can get through it together we’ll all be stronger for it.

“I was at an SFA seminar recently with Marcello Lippi and it was interesting to hear him say that when he managed to get through difficult times, it made him a stronger and better manager. I took a bit of re-assurance from that.

“This has been the most difficult time I’ve had at Raith but I still love the job, and I’m still very much committed to it.

“I need to stick to what I believe in because you’re the one players look to for leadership, so I need to stand up and be counted.

“I think we’ve tried to do that by changing things, and bringing in different players while still operating under difficult financial situations.”