Falkirk have confirmed the appointment of Paul Sheerin as their new head coach to replace Lee Miller and David McCracken, bringing to an end seven years at Aberdeen – including a sting as interim manager at Pittodrie.

After the disappointing end to the League One campaign that somehow saw the Bairns blow what appeared to be a comfortable lead at the top of the table and incredibly fail to make the playoffs, Sheering is aiming to get Falkirk back to the Championship in the coming campaign.

Sheerin, who has also had a stint as player/manager of Arbroath, will officially get started at the Falkirk Stadium next week and has already held “positive chats” with Bairns’ sporting director Gary Holt ahead of getting underway in his new role.

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking on this new role with Falkirk and can’t wait to get started. I’ve been impressed with the Board’s vision for the club and also the fantastic infrastructure at the Falkirk Stadium, both in terms of facilities and the expertise of the staff,” Sheerin told the Bairns’ official website.

“There’s great potential at this football club and we need to put the disappointment of the last few seasons behind us and look forward. The only way out of League One is a combination of hard work and attacking football that I know I can deliver here.”

“Preparations for the coming season are well underway and I’ve been fortunate to have positive chats with the Sporting Director and the players we have lined up for this season are of a quality that I believe can win us this league. However, you have to earn everything you get in football and from day one I will be demanding high standards in everything we do to get this football club back where we all want it to be.”

Falkirk will be desperate to end their time in the third tier after last season’s shambolic collapse and Sheerin will have a massive job on his hands rebuilding a squad that is in desperate need of rejuvenation.

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