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Thursday, 11 July, 2002, 20:19 GMT 21:19 UK
Lambie wants Collins as boss
Gerry Collins and John Lambie celebrate Thistle's sponsorship deal
Thistle's top team: Gerry Collins and John Lambie
John Lambie will quit as Partick Thistle boss at the end of the season and has recommended assistant Gerry Collins as his successor.

Lambie's latest spell at Firhill has led to two championships in a row and a return to the Scottish Premier League.

But the 61-year-old had even considered retiring before the start of the new campaign until an improved deal persuaded him to stay.

And he confirmed to BBC Scotland that this would be his final campaign as a football manager.


My target is second bottom
John Lambie
"It is definitely time for me to go to rest now and enjoy they sun," he said while dressed as a Samurai warrior as the club announced a new 75,000 sponsorship deal with Phoenex Mitsubishi and Suzuki.

"I have punctured my lung and that does not help and I hope that Gerry takes over from me.

"Gerry needs the chance and deserves the chance."

Thistle have made a number of summer signings but without the large input of money that helped Livingston finish third at the end of their first-ever season in the SPL.

"My target is second bottom and, if we do that, it will be better than winning the First and Second Division championships," said Lambie.

"But the chairman and the board have been great and have never said no to any of my requests for money.

"I am 'two players short John Lambie', but I am really happy with the way the preparations have gone.

"I am a positive thinker and feel sure we can achieve our goal."

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