This award is a real team effort from everyone

Grant Murray with his Manager of the Month award for September. Pic: Neil Doig
Grant Murray with his Manager of the Month award for September. Pic: Neil Doig

Raith Rovers boss Grant Murray is putting his first managerial award down to a team effort, both on and off the park.

Murray was this week named SPFL Championship manager of the month for September, a period that saw Rovers claim three wins and a draw. However, Murray, insists the award is a reflection on the hard work being put into all areas of the football club.

“I’m very happy and proud to have won the award, but it’s the form of the players that has ultimately won it for me,” he said.

“A lot of credit goes to them and the rest of the staff at the club, because everyone is important at a club like this.

“From the coaching staff, to everyone in the office, to the laundry lady, this is a hard-working club. Everyone has got their feet on the ground here, and it’s important I keep the players like that as well.

“We are here to work hard and train hard, but the bottom line is we’re here to win as many football matches as we can.”

After Sunday’s Ramsdens Cup semi-final win over Annan, focus has shifted firmly back to league business this week ahead of a crucial trip to leaders Hamilton Accies on Saturday.

Rovers lost to Accies at Stark’s Park on the opening day of the league season but have been unbeaten ever since – and are now looking to close the five-point gap.

“We found it hard against them in the first league game but from then on I’ve been happy enough with the way the lads have performed,” Murray said.

“Games in this league are always difficult whether its the team at top or the bottom so we’ll focus the same as we do every week.”

Rovers are hopeful that defender Paul Watson can shake off the knee injury the forced him off at half-time in Sunday’s cup win over Annan.

His half-time replacement Reece Donaldson is suspended, however fit-again Laurie Ellis came through 90 minutes of the reserves 6-1 win over Alloa on Monday night.