I’M NOT LEAVING THE ROCK
Aitken disputes rumours he’s taking the manager’s job at Dundee United
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