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Boss Steven Pressley set to stay at relegated Falkirk

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley
Pressley had remained hopeful Falkirk could stay in the SPL

Falkirk manager Steven Pressley is set to stay at the club, despite relegation from the Scottish Premier League.

Chairman Martin Richie said: "The club have asked Steven if he will stay on as head coach going into the new season."

And, asked if he wished to stay, Pressley told BBC Scotland: "Yes, I very much enjoy it here and hopefully we can certainly build for next season.

"I love every aspect of it. In terms of my three months in charge, it's been a terrific experience."

Pressley took over from Eddie May in February and took the Bairns' fight against relegation until the last day of the season.

But failure to beat Kilmarnock in the 0-0 draw at Rugby Park ensure Falkirk dropped into the First Division while the Ayrshire side stayed up.

"It was a very emotional and day and we're bitterly disappointed," said Pressley. "Once again, I couldn't have asked any more of these players. They gave me their absolute lot.

"We just couldn't find that breakthrough.

"There was a lot of emotion at the end in the dressing room, there were tears. It's difficult because we're a very close unit and I've got a great deal of admiration for this group of players.

"It was a wonderful effort. It just wasn't to be.

"In the end we just fell up a little bit short but that certainly wasn't through a lack of determination or desire, we just couldn't quite get there.

Speaking after the scoreless encounter, Killie boss Jimmy Calderwood took exception to some of Pressley's pre-match comments. This followed St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson becoming embroiled in a post-match war of words with Pressley in the wake of the Buddies' draw at the Falkirk Stadium.

"It's just part of the game," insisted Pressley.

"When asked a question, I'll answer it honestly and I've no problem with that. Maybe some people are a little bit more touchy than myself but it's part of the football game, you hear it all the time.

"I haven't been disrespectful to any manager. I've shown them all the respect they deserve.

I have got a bit of egg on my face, big deal. My ego is dented, big deal

Steven Pressley reflects on his pervious assertions that Falkirk would survive

"But the most important thing for me is my team and what I can do to help my team, protect my team. Whatever it takes to become a better team, I will attempt to do."

Pressley had been convinced Falkirk would survive and had regularly vocalised his confident stance throughout his short tenure.

"When I made that statement, what was the worst-case scenario? I have got a bit of egg on my face, big deal. My ego is dented, big deal," he added.

"The most important thing is the football club, not my ego, not Steven Pressley. It's about my players, these supporters and the club.

"I'm big enough and strong enough to take a little slap around the ears."

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Kilmarnock 0-0 Falkirk
08 May 10 |  Scottish Premier

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