Raith management team sign new contracts

Rovers defend a free kick in the cup win over Dundee
Rovers defend a free kick in the cup win over Dundee

Club announce yearly profit

The Raith management team of Grant Murray, Paul Smith and Laurie Ellis have agreed new contracts to keep them at Stark’s Park until 2016, the club announced today.

The news comes in the same week that it was revealed Raith made a profit in the last year.

And now chairman Turnbull Hutton has a message for the fans...

We’re getting it right off the park, the players and management are getting it right on the park - now come out and give us your backing.

Hutton’s plea came after the club announced yearly profits of £81,350.

Just a few days before the good news, Grant Murray had guided his side past a tricky cup clash at Dundee to advance into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup, where they’ll now meet Hibs.

Mr Hutton put the profit down to being “ahead of the game” with a restructure of the manager’s budget - but paid tribute to Murray and his team for also doing their bit to help the coffers.

Mr Hutton said: “We were really helped as well with a couple of good cup runs and favourable draws, so credit must go to the management team for that.

“The new league structure kicks in now and more money will also come down through the leagues because of that.

“There were a lot of doom sayers who were all going on at the time but it’s now beginning to come together in terms of getting clubs on a better financial footing.”

However, the Rovers chief added that “one swallow does not a summer make” and urged fans to turn up in their numbers to help support the work being done by the board and playing staff.

“We have a cup final coming up soon and fans are talking about wanting 5000, 7000 or half the allocation of tickets,” said the chairman.

“I realise that some people want to come out for a cup final but let’s get real, we have a 1300 hard core that come out.

“If we had a regular home support of 2000 then we’d be comfortable.

“It’s a bit galling when you look at Dunfermline who are getting 2700 for a home game and playing in the division below us.”

Mr Hutton added that he felt the Scottish Cup draw was a positive in terms of both the crowd and playing at the Ramsdens Cup final venue.