Falkirk head coach Paul Sheerin says learning alongside Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty at Aberdeen has prepared him for life in cinch League One.
Sheerin takes charge of his first match as Falkirk head coach next week in the Premier Sports Cup versus Albion Rovers. It’s his first senior job as a boss since managing Arbroath, having worked as a coach under McInnes at Aberdeen since 2014. He was named interim boss earlier this year before Stephen Glass’ arrival as Pittodrie manager.
The League One club are desperate to return to the Championship after failing to reach the promotion play-offs under Lee Miller and David McCracken last season, who were replaced through the disrupted 2020/21 by sporting director Gary Holt.
The 46-year-old believes McInnes’ standards alongside former Aberdeen colleague Docherty will drive him to pushing for Falkirk success: “I had seven brilliant years at Aberdeen working with arguably the best manager in Scotland in recent years, Derek McInnes. And with one of the best assistant manager’s in Tony Docherty.
“I have been involved in every matchday from the moment I arrived at Aberdeen. The difference is the endgame now. You are developing individuals for the first-team at Aberdeen. The focus here is winning games and getting promotion, as difficult as that will be. But that has to be our aim. My day-to-day hasn’t changed too much.”
Sheerin says he still needs to add to his Falkirk squad, having made seven summer signings so far: “I would like to think I have picked up plenty of experience and I have managed at part-time level. I bring a modern approach and an intensity to how we work.
“We are still trying to top up the squad. We are still light and there’s no getting away from that. We have had trialists in and we are giving them the opportunity to prove themselves. We had a friendly cancelled which was a blow. But the new players have been great, as have the players already at the club.”
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