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Ross County are confident manager Malky Mackay will stay next season


By Alasdair Fraser

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STEVEN Ferguson is confident Ross County can retain the services of manager Malky Mackay despite top six success.

Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor and CEO Steven Ferguson with manager Malky Mackay at the end.
Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor and CEO Steven Ferguson with manager Malky Mackay at the end.

The former Watford, Cardiff City and Wigan boss has relaunched his managerial career in style in Dingwall after overcoming early teething troubles.

Given his past pedigree, bigger clubs recruiting in the summer may well consider the former SFA performance director as a potential candidate.

County chief executive Ferguson, though, believes Mackay will want to see out the “three-year project” he embraced last summer.

Asked about the 50-year-old’s future, Ferguson said: “Malky has done a great job.

“When he came into the football club it was for a process and a project. He understood this was going to be longer than a short-term fix. Malky is under contract at the football club and he’s enjoying working here.

“As far as we’re concerned, we are one year into a minimum three-year project. I’d be pretty confident that Malky has really enjoyed this season, working really hard to turn around the start we had.”

Ferguson, though, regularly sells Ross County as a club where players can come, to improve and thrive, before progressing to a higher level. He accepts the same must be true for managers.

“Managerial stocks rise and clubs want to come in and take managers who are doing well,” he said.

“We speak about our club giving people a platform. I’d be a hypocrite if I kept talking about that for players, but not staff.

“Malky is on a longer-term contract and, when he came in, one of the discussions the chairman and I had with him was that this was about transforming more than what was on the pitch.

“It was time to look at every process to make sure we could be that sustainable Premiership club. We’ve a long way to go, but it has been really positive. It is part of a wider plan and club strategy that we launched collectively.”


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