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PARTICK This­tle man­ager Alan Archibald fully ap­pre­ci­ates he i s i n a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion de­spite his board’s pre­vi­ous show of faith.

This­tle have taken just three points from their open­ing eight Premier­ship games and are only ahead of Kil­marnock, their next op­po­nents, on goals scored.

They had a sim­i­lar start last year, win­ning just once in their open­ing nine matches, and went on to fin­ish in the top six.

But both Kil­marnock and Ross County have dis­pensed with their man­agers in re­cent weeks and Archibald knows he is not safe for­ever.

“It’s al­ways pre­car­i­ous, that’s the role we are in,” he said. “It’s down to re­sults. Thank­fully the board backed me last year and, hope­fully, they will do that again.

“But we are not silly, we know they won’t do that for­ever. We have to get re­sults and we go into a run of games where it’s cru­cial now. We play the teams round about us, three or f our mas­sive games.”

Lee McCul­loch left his Rugby Park post af­ter the last round of fix­tures af­ter only tak­ing charge on a long-term ba­sis i n t he sum­mer.

“I was re­ally sur­prised,” Archibald said. “The board had backed Lee to make changes, at the club as a whole and not just on the pitch. I think you’ve got to give him time to do that. They haven’t. I feel for Lee.”

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