More of the same for 2012 hopes Lichties’ supremo Sheerin

Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.
Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says 2011 exceeded all his expectations and that 2012 could see the Lichties do something really dramatic.

As we near the end of 2011, for the Gayfield men it will always be remembered as the year they finally ended the club’s 133-year wait for a trophy.

Back in May they were crowned Third Division champions and since the start of this season in August they have hovered around the top spot in Division Two.

And with almost half of the campaign gone, the boss is hoping that 2012 could be yet another special year.

He told HeraldSport: “When you look back at 2011 it was incredible really as when I first came into the club we had a slow start, but we ultimately did what we wanted to win and won the title.

“I suppose we are already exceeding expectations right now and as we are almost halfway through the season and the realisation is that we could possible doing something really dramatic in 2012.

“But we are coming into a massive part of the season, December into January, so we just have to see if we can stay amongst it.

“We know we are capable of beating everybody so we just have to see where that will take us.”

However, before the year is finally out, the Lichties will be in action against Stirling Albion on Boxing Day (Monday) in the last game of the year at Gayfield.

The Binos have struggled in recent weeks and are currently being managed temporarily by ex-Lichtie Marc McCulloch and Greg McDonald.

But if his side want to finish the year with three points, Mr Sheerin warns they will still have to be at the top of their game, despite beating them twice already this season.

He explained: “We obviously don’t want to get too complacent because they will be up for it.

“With them having a temporary management team they will be eager to make their mark and what better way for them to do that than taking points from the joint top leaders.

“It is always tricky to play teams when they are going through a transition period.

“But I keep harping on about our home form and we are desperate to remain unbeaten at Gayfield.”

On Saturday the Gayfield men had a rare Saturday off as the game against Forfar Athletic became the victim of a frozen pitch.

The fixture has yet to be re-arranged but it has again sparked debate on whether there should be a winter break for Scottish football.

And the manager thinks it may not be a bad idea. He added: “It’s not very often you get a game off at Gayfield as the sea air normally gets rid of a frozen pitch so it was frustrating for the game to be called off.

“I don’t know why we don’t think more about summer football.

“When I played in Sweden all the games were played during the spring and summer. But I suppose here it is just traditional to have your games played over the winter months.”