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McInally looks forward for Shire

East Stirlingshire manager Jim McInally
McInally has been impressed by the club's supporters

East Stirlingshire manager Jim McInally is looking forward to next season after avoiding bottom spot in Division Three.

The Shire beat Montrose 3-1 on Saturday to avoid last place in the Scottish Football League for the first time in six years - by one point.

"It was our final game at Firs Park and it was hard to believe the scenes - there were grown men in tears," McInally told BBC Sport.

"We need to build on this and find some consistency of results."

McInally joined East Stirlingshire in March, soon after he had resigned his post at Morton.

"I'm still new to the club and I couldn't quite comprehend the celebrations, but it was fantastic to see people so happy," he said.

"There was also a great sense of relief since there were worries about losing our league membership.

"I've never come across supporters like this before and I've been at a lot of clubs.

"Even if it's a crowd of just 300, it really is something special."

The club will share the artificial surface at nearby Ochilview, the home of Division Three rivals Stenhousemuir, next season.

But McInally revealed that his part-time players will continue to train at Firs Park until the developers move in to construct a housing estate.

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McInally takes over at Firs Park
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