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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 December, 2004, 15:09 GMT
Lambie 'short-term fix' for Jags
John Lambie back in the Firhill dugout
John Lambie is back in the Firhill dugout
John Lambie has insisted that his fourth spell as Partick Thistle manager will be a short one.

The 63-year-old was appointed interim boss after the axing of co-managers Gerry Britton and Derek Whyte.

But Lambie, who was still employed as associate director, said: "This is definitely a short-term visit for me.

"I really was rooting for Derek and Gerry and football can be a very cruel game, but the quicker the club can appoint a new manager the better."

Thistle had started the new season among the favourites for promotion from Division One, but defeat by Hamilton Academical on Saturday left the Glasgow club languishing in second-bottom spot.

"I never thought that I would be back as manager again and, at the end of the day, I hoped I wouldn't," said Lambie, who will be assisted by coach John McLaughlan and senior player Stevie Fulton.

The players got two good players of mine from the past the sack
Thistle manager John Lambie
"However, I am still employed by the club and if I couldn't help them out in these circumstances then it is a bad day.

"One thing in my favour is that I have seen most of the games this season and I know a lot about most of the players, but I could not tell you what has gone wrong as I have not been in amongst them.

"If we are being honest, it is the players that have got two good players of mine from the past the sack.

"Although I am only here for the short term, I will be looking for a big response from the lads and I set my sights high and I will be looking for nine points from three games."

Lambie's appointment coincided with the return of Brown McMaster as chairman.

The new chairman said: "We will be advertising for a new manager and John will not be one of the applicants.

"We needed someone to run the club and John was already here with the football knowledge."

The club have still to agree a severance package with Whyte and Britton.

"I really feel for them and I am sure they are two guys with great futures in the game, but we need to stabilise the situation as this club cannot afford to return to the Second Division," said McMaster.

McMaster, who had previously been chairman until standing down in December 2002, replaced Tom Hughes following an emergency meeting at the weekend.

Thistle say Hughes, a senior partner with accounting firm Gerber Landa & Lee, resigned his position due to increasing pressures of business.

Lambie retired from football at the end of the 2002-03 season after having kept Thistle in the SPL on their return to the top division.

He was succeeded by former assistant Gerry Collins, who was sacked after a matter of months, but Whyte and Britton could not prevent their side being relegated.

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