Barry Reflects on First Season

With the 2014-15 season coming to an end, Barry Ferguson spoke to the official website to reflect on the campaign.

The Clyde boss was pleased with the improvement in the second half of the season but also spoke of his plans to improve the squad this summer. 

Saturday’s League Two victory over Queen’s Park meant that The Bully Wee finished the season with just one defeat in the final six matches of the campaign and Ferguson was pleased with the end of season form: “It was good to end the season on a victory. 

“I think the second half of the season was a lot better in terms of results. Performances can still improve, but I think everyone could see the difference with the signings we made in January.

“The players who came in brought a mentality and for me that was the biggest thing. It was a mentality to win that came with the signings and we went through a wee period where we missed these players and went on that run of three defeats. You could see how it affected us when you took them out of the team.”

While Ferguson was pleased with the improvements, he acknowledged the need to further strengthen his squad over the summer – something he has been working on since the January window closed.

The manager continued: “It will be a bit busy over the next few weeks with people leaving the club and people coming in to the club – it will be a busy period but that is normal, that’s not just our club, it happens at every club. 

“Our business has mostly been done – we are pretty much there bar one or two deals. However, we won’t be confirming the signings until later, because the guys joining us are still under contract elsewhere.

“We have done our business early. There are just one or two others who we are still to get over the line but people will sit up and take notice when they see who is coming in; they are good players.”

Ferguson confirmed that he and the players will return to the training pitch in six weeks time:-

“I’m going to be taking a bit of time off because I have been 24/7 for the last three or four months, trying to get things organised and get things done. Everyone will report back for pre-season on 23rd June.”

Before taking a break, the Clyde boss will pit his wits against his assistant, Bob Malcolm as both men take charge of a team in Sunday’s ‘Fans v Fans’ fundraising match at Broadwood.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “It will be a good night but everyone will find out that I take these things really seriously! That’s the same whether it’s a fans game, a game of pool, a game of golf… whatever it is.

“I am looking forward to giving the fans some stick for a change!”