Pressley takes charge at Falkirk

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Steven Pressley was unveiled as Falkirk's new manager on Thursday evening following the departure of Eddie May by mutual consent.

Pressley, 36, has stepped up from his role as May's assistant for his first job in management. He will be assisted by veteran former Aberdeen and St Mirren boss Alex Smith, who had been director of football under May.

May's tenure began with an embarrassing exit from the Europa League qualifiers at the hands of Liechtenstein-based minnows FC Vaduz. He had been on the coaching staff at Falkirk for five years before making the step up to his first senior management position.

After winning his first game in charge - the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round back in July - May oversaw a 13-match winless run in league and cup.

May said: "It is with sadness that I will be leaving Falkirk Football Club today. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club.

"Everyone knows the affection that I have for this football club, having been a player, academy director and latterly first-team manager. I would never have compromised this football club and I felt that it was best for everyone if I moved on.

"The Celtic match at Falkirk was a particular high for me as a manager, I was proud to manage the team which included nine academy graduates.

"Finally, I would like to thank the players and my staff for their outstanding support during my tenure, whilst I would also like to place on record my thanks to the directors for their backing during my time as academy director and for the opportunity to be manager of this club.

Chairman Martin Ritchie added: "Eddie May has served this club extremely well for the last six years. In his role as academy director he has played a key role in transforming the club's youth system and developing our football infrastructure.

"He took on a very difficult and challenging task in the summer, leaving a secure position, and unfortunately that has not quite worked as we would all have hoped. I am sure that Eddie will go on to continue his career elsewhere in football and do extremely well."

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