Aitken dis­putes ru­mours he’s tak­ing the man­ager’s job at Dundee United

Lennox Herald - - THE BACK PAGE - Carla Tal­bot

Ste­vie Aitken says he has no plans to leave the Sons after he was ru­moured to be join­ing managerless Dundee United this week.

The Dum­bar­ton boss put t he whis­pers to bed that he had been on the list of po­ten­tial gaffers at the club, say­ing he had plenty of work to do at the Rock be­fore he thought about mov­ing on to pas­tures new.

Dundee United are l ook­ing t o re cr uit a new t op dog f oll ow­ing Ray McKin­non’s depar t ure l a s t week, with the likes of for­mer Ross County man­ager Ji m McIn­tyre, who is from West­cliff, and ex-Raith Rovers boss John Hughes still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

Aitken, who j oined the Sons i n 2015, said: “It’s spec­u­la­tion you have to deal with as a man­ager. I am fully fo­cused on here and I am en­joy­ing what I am do­ing here.

“The fact that we are do­ing well here is how you get linked with jobs.

“If we weren’t do­ing so well here then my name wouldn’t have been men­tioned.”

The man­ager- less Men in Black made the trip to the Rock on Satur­day to take on the Sons in the lat­est match in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship.

The side – who are currently fourth in the league with 20 points – came away with the full points fol­low­ing two spec­tac­u­lar goals from for­mer Dum­bar­ton loan star Sam Stan­ton.

Aitken was quick t o praise t he f i nish­ing style of the 23- year- old mid­fielder, who left the Sons in July fol­low­ing a sea­son- long loan spell at the club.

Aitken added: “We saw last year what Sam Stan­ton has got when he was here. You can’t give some­one like that a free shot at goal so it was dis­ap­point­ing for us.”

De­spite the 0-2 score­line, Aitken al s o hail ed hi s pl ayers f or t heir per­for­mance.

He con­tin­ued: “What I have seen is that we are very com­pet­i­tive in the di­vi­sion and we are as good as other teams can be.

“We had a few half chances but our play­ers were not re­act­ing quick enough but I need to give credit to them in the sec­ond half be­cause they stuck at it.

“If we had got it to 2-1 then I would have no doubt that we would have got some­thing out of the game. It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult against a team lile Dundee United but we go again next week.”

Dum­bar­ton will now make the trip to face Brechin City on Satur­day.

Bul­let Great bit of copy here than very much here!!! Praised Two goals were de­liv­ered by ex-Dum­bar­ton loan star Sam Stan­ton

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