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Manager Jimmy Calderwood may not stay at Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock's bench were delighted at Rugby Park
Calderwood (right) is unsure where his future lies

Jimmy Calderwood hinted he may not stay at Kilmarnock after preserving the club's Scottish Premier League status.

A 0-0 draw with Falkirk ensured that Killie survived as the Bairns were demoted on the last day of the season.

"I will see what the plans are. I wouldn't like to go through much more of this," Calderwood told reporters.

"If the plans are they want to get into the top six then that's different. But if it's just survival then I'll see you at Christmas time or something."

Calderwood was brought in to replace Jim Jefferies in January and given the mandate of keeping the Ayrshire side in Scotland's top flight.

"It was absolutely horrible," Calderwood told BBC Scotland. "It was horrendous, I never want to go through it again. I'm glad it's finished.

"But you have got no divine right and it was our own stupid fault for getting involved in the first place.

"I have not seen the chairman yet. He might be hiding from me."

The Ayrshire side survived a spirited display by Falkirk at Rugby Park, with the visitors' Ryan Flynn missing an excellent chance to win the match in injury time.

"It was a long, long day," said Calderwood, who said he did not enjoy the relegation battle. "I wouldn't advise it for anybody. It's the first time and hopefully it's the last time.

"I thought we started the game really, really well and then Falkirk took over. We were getting deeper. The second half was just one-way traffic.

"I don't think they caused us too many problems. We had a chance on the counter-attack, we didn't take it and then it was in the 92nd or 93rd minute that young Flynn missed a chance and it could've been over and out.

Steven's still a young manager, he was a wonderful captain at Hearts. Management's completely different and I think he said a few things that he might have learned from

Jimmy Calderwood

"We didn't win it, but it feels like a victory and it's wonderful for Kilmarnock Football Club.

"We had the luck today and we're still in the SPL, which is the job we were brought here to do."

Tensions rose on the touchline between Calderwood and Falkirk counter-part Steven Pressley after the latter tried to get the ball back in play after a stoppage.

And Pressley had said before the match that all the pressure had been on Killie going into the relegation decider.

Asked if he had used Pressley's comments as motivation, Calderwood replied: "Steven's still a young manager, he was a wonderful captain at Hearts Football Club.

"Management's completely different and I think he said a few things that he might have learned from."

Calderwood suggested that Pressley would do well to heed the advice of director of football Alex Smith and coach Lee Bullen.

"He didn't help himself with those comments," said the Kilmarnock manager. "He's got Lee Bullen, an old player of mine, and Alex Smith, whose got massive experience. It might have been better for Steven if he starts listening to Alex a wee bit more.

"If it had been the other way about, I'd have been in Steven's dugout, but that's the way it goes."

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Kilmarnock 0-0 Falkirk
08 May 10 |  Scottish Premier

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