Saints and myself are the perfect fit says McGuire

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Phil McGuire says both he and St Andrews United share a joint vision on how the club can progress throughout the next few seasons.

And it was this compatibility between the two that persuaded the former Dunfermline and Aberdeen defender to sign a new contract at the club until the 2017/18 season.

The club itself is over the moon with the commitment made by a manager who has turned down advances from senior sides since taking over at the Parkk.

McGuire said: “I feel my own progression is at St Andrews Utd and the club feels the same - which is fantastic.

“We are focussed on achieving the goals we set out on day one.

“I have long term ambitions to manage at a higher level and test myself, but for me to get there I still believe 100 per cent that my development should be at St Andrews United.

“The way the players have improved over the last seven or eight months has been fantastic.

“Their work-rate, belief and trust in what we are doing has been superb.

“They have been fantastic and are a great, honest, bunch of lads.

“They approach every training session and match looking to maintain the same high standards and learn new methods and skills that will enhance their game awareness and knowledge.”

McGuire has led the Saints to the summit of the McBookie.com East Premier League and look on course to make a swift return to the Super League next term.

The manager’s peldge to the club has pleased committee members.

A spokesman for Saints said: “It has been a difficult couple of weeks at the club with a lot going on behind the scenes, however, discussions between the senior committee and the manager continued regarding how the club could continue to move forward.

“Phil is very much a manager to watch for the future and this hasn’t gone unnoticed within the senior ranks and we have been approached by several senior clubs asking for permission to speak to him.”