21 Sep 2019
GARY CALDWELL STATEMENT
"While hugely disappointed by the decision to terminate my contract with Partick Thistle FC, I want to thank everyone who supported me during my time as manager.
"It was an honour and a great experience to be part of trying to develop every aspect of the football club. Jacqui Low, Alan Rough, Brian Donald, Michael Robertson, Ian Dodd, Gerry Britton and latterly Malcolm Cannon and Duncan Smillie were an innovative, modern thinking board and it was an education for me to see how they worked together to help the club move forward.
"I want to thank all the players for their efforts. I know I expect high standards, and I hope they felt that I was only trying to make them better as players and people. The squad that has been assembled is, in my opinion, one of the best in the league but integrating so many new players takes time. I strongly believe the next manager has a great team to work with. Our overall record in competitive games this season is Played 11, Won 5, Drawn, 3 and Lost 3. Also, the team has a win ratio of 46.8% since January. Therefore, the groundwork has been laid to challenge for promotion this season.
"I’d also like to thank the supporters, I understand their frustration at times and that some will be happy at the club’s decision to let me go. Every supporter I met face to face in my time at the club was passionate and gave me great support. I’m sorry that I was not able to give them what they wanted, in the time that I had.
"I had a great relationship with all of the staff and we created an excellent environment to work in. There are too many to thank individually, but they know who they are and I will always be thankful for what they did to help me. The one person I want to thank individually is Brian Kerr. He has been a friend since we were 15 years old so I knew his loyalty and trust were unquestionable, but his coaching skills and knowledge were also a great help. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to work with him again.
"I am disappointed that I will not be able to fulfil the vision of success I had for Partick Thistle. All I can do is wish the boys and the fans well for the season ahead, it’s all still there to play for. I am only 37 years old and I believe that this experience will make me better. I look forward to my next challenge, wherever that may be."