Jim Duffy appointed permanent Clyde manager

Clyde manager Jim Duffy
Duffy was appointed temporary Clyde manager in February

Clyde have confirmed that Jim Duffy will remain manager next season, with Chic Charnley as his assistant.

Duffy took the job on a temporary basis in February but has lifted the Bully Wee off the bottom of Division Three since taking over at Broadwood.

And he told Clyde's website: "I was delighted to accept the offer to become Clyde manager and continue my role.

"Since I've arrived, the players' commitment has been first class and we've moved forward as a result."

Clyde, who came within a game of promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2004, have suffered two successive relegations following financical problems.

They looked destined to finish bottom of the Scottish Football League's lowest tier until Duffy was appointed to replace the sacked Stuart Millar.

The Cumbernauld side are now a point ahead of East Stirlingshire with two games remaining and Duffy hopes for continued improvement next season.

"Chic and I want to build on that and we are both looking forward to challenges ahead," he said.

"The club has been stagnating for a few years and we want to address that and build it up again.

"It might not be as quick as some supporters would like - patience will be needed - but it will be done effectively and we will give the job 100%."

Bully Wee chairman John Alexander has been delighted by the impact of the former Falkirk, Dundee, Hibernian and Brechin City manager.

"It is critical that the club builds and progresses on and off the park," said the chairman.

"We are aiming for next year to be our baseline from which we will grow once more, but it will be in small steps within our means.

"Jim shares our belief in how the club should be rebuilt and we are delighted to continue to work with him."

Clyde play host to Queen's Park before travelling to another promotion-chasing side, Stranraer, in their final games, while Shire are away to third-bottom Montrose then host play-off hopefuls Annan Athletic.

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