JOHN MCGLYNN AND PAUL SMITH SIGN EXTENSIONS

Falkirk Football Club is delighted to announce that Manager John McGlynn and Assistant Manager Paul Smith have agreed to two-year contract extensions, which will keep the duo at The Falkirk Stadium until the summer of 2026.

John and Paul joined The Bairns in the summer of 2022 and have significantly improved the fortunes of the club since their arrival. Their tireless work across all aspects of football management, plus their dedication to the development of a high-performance culture at the club, have delivered consistently strong progress across the last 20 months.

The management team’s first season saw Falkirk FC finish in second place in cinch League 1 and reach a Scottish Cup Semi-Final. Their second year has built upon that progress, with Falkirk FC currently sitting eight points clear at the top of the cinch League 1 table and remaining, so far, undefeated after 22 league games.

John has received four of the six League 1 Manager of the Month awards this campaign, with his side also breaking a longstanding club record with an unbeaten 26 game run.

John McGlynn said on signing his extension:

“I’m extremely happy to have agreed terms on a new contract. I’ve really enjoyed the last 18 months here and I think it’s clear to see that we have been improving all the time. We came in when the club was at quite a low ebb, and initially got a very good reaction as we reached a Scottish Cup Semi-Final but unfortunately lost out in the play-offs. This year the recruitment in the summer has kicked us on further as we have created a new club record and are in the driving seat at the top of the table, but there is a long way to go.

“I think we have brought in a really good group of players, and we want to continue working with them and hopefully take them to the next level, we now have a bit of time to try and continue that work and go further forward.

“A lot of hard work has been done and there is a lot of hard work still to do. We now need to cement our position in the coming weeks and months until the end of the season. This would give us the opportunity to do our recruitment again in the summer with the view to challenging in the championship.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time at Falkirk so far and I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone that we’ve worked with, all the players who have played a massive part, the board, and the fans for the backing that they’ve given us over the period. We really enjoy working here and hopefully good times are just around the corner.”

Paul Smith added:

“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed a new deal alongside John. It’s been a whirlwind 18 months, but I think we have pushed the club on, and we have a massive few months still to come that will hopefully end with us winning the title and getting the club back into the Championship.

“There’s a lot of work to be done between now and the end of the season, but we’re delighted to have got the terms agreed and I would like to thank the board for their backing, but more importantly I would like to thank the supporters who have really got behind both us and the team over the last year and a half.”

The FFC Board commented:

“Offering John and Paul contract extensions was a very easy decision to make. Since coming into the club they’ve improved every aspect of our football operations, their recruitment has been first class and their match planning and coaching skills reflect the huge experience they both bring. They’ve also built a great culture in the changing room, and we can see the strong bond between the players in every match.

“It’s also brilliant to see the same bond being rebuilt between the team and the fans. It’s that sense of unity, with everyone pulling together towards the same goals, which will make sure the club we all love will continue to progress.”

Thank you to our Management and Backroom Staff sponsor FFIT T8 for their continued support of our coaching staff this season.

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