Planning started for next season

East Fife v Arbroath
East Fife v Arbroath

Gordon Durie watched the curtain come down on one season and then revealed he’s already preparing for the next.

The Fifers’ slim play-off hopes were put to rest on Saturday after they were beaten by Arbroath at Bayview.

Chairman Sid Collumbine took to the microphone before the game to thank the fans for their support over the season, and said he hoped the club could go one further next year.

And that was echoed by boss Durie, who will now start building for the 2012-13 season.

He said: “There will be a few boys leaving and a few boys staying and we’ll be looking to freshen it up a bit.

“It was a disappointing end to the season and we just kind of petered out over the last few games.

“But, overall, we just haven’t been good enough over the 36 games.”

Two players who look to be among the first out of the door are forward Steven Hislop and midfielder Bobby Linn.

Both players revealed on their Twitter accounts that it would be their last appearance in the black and gold.

Linn, however, left a stinging parting shot saying: “Away fans #tremendous home fans #absolutely brutal; too many fans sit behind computers and give out personal abuse! #manup”.

He did, however, add he had made some good friends and wished the staff and players the very best.

Hislop said he was leaving for personal reasons and also took a swipe at some message board fans before adding: “Was honoured to wear the strip and armband.

“The club means a lot to me and the true fans were superb #monthefife.”

Although the Fifers got off to a flying start on Saturday, going close through Ryan Wallace, David Muir and Craig Johnstone, the season ended with a whimper.

“It was a disappointing end to the season,” conceded the manager.

“I have to take my share of responsibility because there was still something at stake for us, so we played with a different system in a 3-4-3.

“The goals we lost were poor from our point of view, which has been the story of our season, really.

“We had six or seven really good chances in the first half and then a few in the second.

“We’ve said to the boys that football is all about taking your chances.

“But it just wasn’t our day.”