Recently-appointed Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren, assistant Martyn Corrigan and chairman Stuart Brown met with supporters at Forthbank on Wednesday.
Here are some of the main points covered during the Q & A session. The following are headline notes rather than direct quotes:
The players who are here will be given their chance but the Board have confirmed they will do what they can if we want to bring people in. The rules allow us to sign players on emergency loan deals as of now, while from January we can sign players until the end of the season.
We will look after the players the best we can. We have already brought in a masseuse and we will give advice on diet and anything else they need. Because we only see them twice a week, it’s important the players look after themselves in their own time as well. We have good facilities and we want the players to enjoy the training and being part of the club.
We want to play the game with a tempo and be known as a team that keeps possession. We also need to be hard to beat but we want to entertain the fans and will not play back to front. We are conceding too many goals and defending set-pieces is something we need to improve on.
I’m committed to working with the youth coaches to try and bring through young players. We had some of the U20 squad training with the first team on Tuesday and, from what I’ve seen, there are some good players but we can’t guarantee a set number will come through each year.
From what I’ve seen so far it’s a good standard but I don’t believe there is much between most of the teams. Dunfermline are stronger, based on Saturday, but we did well to get a draw with Stranraer recently and were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Brechin before that.
Our aspiration has to be a Championship club again at some point in the future. It is about taking small steps on the way and the most important thing is to retain our League 1 status in the first instance, then firmly establish ourselves at this level before looking to push on.
Some good players have come through the university system, including Gary Warren at Inverness Caley Thistle and James Craigen at Partick Thistle. I had my last match in charge of Loughborough University on Wednesday – a 2-2 draw with Stirling University. I know the Stirling Uni guys well and it might be that we can work with them to benefit us and them going forward.
Off the field
We want this to be a family-friendly club and Martyn and myself will be as accessible as possible. It already happens to some extent, but we can assure fans that the players will come up to see them in the bar or hospitality lounges after games, regardless of the result.
Raith Rovers on Saturday
We have had Raith watched in person and I have also seen a DVD of their game against Queen of the South on Saturday, which was live on BBC ALBA. We know their strengths and weaknesses and will be doing our very best to progress.