Podcast: Interview with Raith Rovers manager John McGlynn

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Raith are underdogs in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup clash with Hibs (Credit: Raith Rovers / Facebook)

Ahead of Raith Rovers’ Scottish Cup tie away to Hibernian tomorrow, John Menzies speaks to the manager John McGlynn about the club’s prospects.

He also joins Luke Barry to analyse the match and give a prediction about the outcome.

 

 

McGlynn “very happy” to be back managing Raith Rovers

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Stark’s Park, where John McGlynn manages Raith Rovers (credit: Colin Pine)

John McGlynn is back in charge at Raith Rovers, six years after leaving the club, and is targeting promotion back into the second tier of Scottish football.

The 56-year-old returned to Stark’s Park four weeks ago, replacing Barry Smith, who resigned his post at the beginning of September. And McGlynn revealed that the chance to take the reigns again at the Fife side was too good to turn down.

“It was the lure of Raith Rovers that I left Celtic for. When the opportunity arose, I felt like I was the right man for the job. I had a successful spell here before and I hope to repeat that this time around.”

McGlynn was previously at Raith between 2006 and 2012, and guided the club to promotion from the Second Division in the 2008-09 season. Two years later, he led the club to second place in the First Division, narrowly missing out on promotion to the SPL to rivals Dunfermline. He left in 2012 to join Heart of Midlothian, where he had previously been First Team Coach.

McGlynn was most recently manager at Livingston, who he left by mutual consent in December 2014. But despite being out of the managerial game for almost four years, he feels like it’s taken no time to adjust back.

“No, not at all. There’s so much to do that you can’t really do anything other than think about what’s right in front of you.

“Taking training, preparing for matches and so on: there’s so much work to get done here, you’re thrown right back into the mix.

“You just have to roll up your sleeves and get on with it.”

Joining McGlynn back at Raith is assistant Paul Smith. Smith was McGlynn’s number 2 during his previous spell at the club, and he revealed that one of the main attractions of re-joining the Rovers was reuniting with Smith.

“To work with Paul again was a key factor for me. We’ve both had a successful time here together previously, we know each other well and we know how to get the best out of the players.

“The partnership we have has worked in the past, it’s working now and it will work well in the future.”

McGlynn’s second tenure has seen the club pick up seven points out of a possible nine, and they will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday, when they travel to Station Park to face Forfar Athletic.

IRN-BRU Cup Quarter Final Draw: Holders Dundee Utd Draw Crusaders

IRN-BRU Cup

 

Dundee United have been drawn at home against Crusaders in the IRN-BRU Cup Quarter Finals draw. 

The holders face Northern Irish opposition for the second consecutive time, following a 1-0 victory over Linfield in the previous round.

Crusaders ran out comfortable winners in the last round beating Cove Rangers 3-0, but should expect a tougher tie when they travel to Tannadice.

In other notable ties, Queen of the South face a daunting away trip to Welsh Champions New Saints who hammered Elgin City 4-0 in the previous round.

Two all Scottish matches make up the rest of the draw with Inverness taking on Falkirk and Dumbarton playing Raith Rovers.

 

FULL DRAW:

Dundee United v Crusaders

The New Saints v Queen of the South

Inverness Caley Thistle v Falkirk

Dumbarton v Raith Rovers.

 

Ties to be played on the weekend of November 11th and 12th.

 

 

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