Jackie is players’ choice

FALKIRK. Falkirk v Partick Thistle. Piictured: McNamara.

FALKIRK. Falkirk v Partick Thistle. Piictured: McNamara.

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CARETAKER manager Jackie McNamara’s hopes of securing the permanent position at Partick Thistle were given a boost this week after being backed by the players - but a board decision is unlikely before the end of the season.

With just two games to go McNamara’s chances were given a further lift when Jags beat Morton 2-0 on Saturday with his new 4-4-3 formation.

Another big plus for the stand-in boss is that he has the respect of the players.

He gets Patrick Boyle’s vote and the defender said: “Winning against Morton can only be good for him and we would all like to see him in as manager next season, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Thistle travel to Den’s Park on Saturday for a tough game against Dundee.

Boyle (20) said: “It’s going to be tough, yes very tough.

“They have not lost a lot of games and we have quite a lot of injuries. Dundee are hungry to win after all the points they were deducted earlier in the season.”

However Boyle did say with McNamara at the helm there have been a number of changes McNamara took over the hot seat on April 15 and Boyle added: “He has changed the way we train and brought in a number of important changes.

“The 4-4-3 formation is also different and because we don’t have a lot of players to choose from because of injuries, is a more attacking formation and suits the players we have available.”