Raith chairman delighted by turnaround in form

Raith chairman Alan Young -  credit - FPA -
Raith chairman Alan Young - credit - FPA -

Raith chairman Alan Young is delighted with the recent turnaround in results following the arrival of Maurice Malpas.

Young was appointed chairman in December at a time when there was considerable pressure on manager Grant Murray’s position after a poor run of form.

However, the decision to retain Murray, and bring in Malpas as director of football, appears to have been vindicated with only one defeat in eight games since.

“At the time I became chairman there were certainly difficulties and a concern over results - and we considered what to do about it,” Young said.

“Bringing in Maurice was the path we chose and it’s certainly worked out very well.

“Having said that, it’s Grant Murray who’s done it. Maurice is there, and he’ll throw in bits and pieces, but it’s Grant who’s done it, and I’m delighted.”

Young is also encouraged by the rapport that now appears to be returning between the stands and the pitch.

“That was our objective at the time - to try to get everyone pulling together,” Young said. “It’s certainly easier when we’re performing on the pitch - but let’s keep it going. It’s a lot better to have that positive air, than where we were previously.”

Young also revealed that the club is holding a strategy day today (Thursday) where directors will meet the management team to discuss long-term plans for the club.

“We’ve got a lot of important things to look at, some short term, but most of it is much longer term,” he said.

“A lot of it will be trying to spike ideas, and get everyone thinking positively about the future.”