Jags are all go for the Jackie and Sid show

Simon Donnelly and Jackie McNamara
Simon Donnelly and Jackie McNamara

JACKIE McNAMARA and Simon Donnelly are the hot favourites to make up a new management team at Partick Thistle.

The club has confirmed that a decision is imminent - and as Herald Sport went to press, speculation was mounting that the former Celtic pair will be installed.

If confirmed, McNamara will become manager and Donnelly, whose nickname is Sid, will be his assistant - making concrete roles they have played since Ian McCall resigned last month.

Reports suggest the pair will be offered rolling one-year contracts, after they impressed the board during their five-game stint in charge.

Director David Beattie said: “We have the small matter of appointing a new manager.

“That’s proving to be a difficult decision to make but for the best of reasons. We are in the position of having to choose between some outstanding candidates. I’m hopeful of being able to confirm who our new manager will be within the next week.”

McNamara said: “It’s a case of wait and see for me now. I’ve been interviewed for the job and I am keen to get it on a full-time basis.

“I’ve enjoyed the five game trial period and although we have lost two of those five matches I feel that on both occasions we were unfortunate to do so.

“There is certainly no way I can fault the efforts that the players have given me during the five games.”

Jags have now played the last game of what has been an up and down season.

Defender Patrick Boyle said that on the performance front, all the downs came at the start of the season with a run of bad results which saw them win only one of their first seven league games.

He said: “We picked ourselves up and, despite the extended lay-off due to the big freeze came back to finish second from bottom in the league to finish mid-table in fifth spot.”

Asked what the highlight of the season was, Boyle said he couldn’t pin-point one particular incident but said for him it was the way the squad had battled their way back up the table.

The defender said: “It’s been a tough season and all the lads deserve a good break now.

“The main thing is that we are playing well.”

He also said that Saturday’s convincing 3-0 win against Raith Rovers will do Jackie MacNamara’s chances of securing the permanent position as manager ‘a lot of good’.

Boyle added: “I’ve not heard anything concrete about him getting the job yet, just the odd whisper that he should be given the opportunity.”

Meanwhile, the Jags are also set to confirm a money-spinning shirt sponsorship deal.

Beattie said: “In the next few weeks we will be announcing a new sponsor as well as new home and away strips.

“It is a significant sponsorship and will involve a six-figure deal over a three or four year period.”

There are also due to be changes at the top at Firhill.

Beattie said: “There have been more than a few changes in the boardroom. During the course of the season we’ve lost Jim Alexander, Allan Cowan, Tom Hughes and Eddie Prentice from the board.

“All four made important contributions to Partick Thistle during their time on the board and their absences have left gaps in the boardroom.

“These are gaps that we would like to fill by bringing new blood onto the club board.”