The club are delighted to announce Manager Jim Weir has been voted Ladbrokes Manager of the Month for October,
Weir happy to take ‘club of the month’ award
Elgin boss is Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Month for October
Elgin City manager Jim Weir claimed the Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Month award for October and swiftly dedicated it to everyone at the club.
Weir was rewarded for his squad’s outstanding form during the month, claiming three victories from four matches, including a thumping 5-0 win away at Montrose.
But whilst Weir is delighted to receive the gong, he was extremely mindful of the help he’s received from colleagues to achieve it.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, Weir said: “Awards are great because they are a recognition of success. It’s mainly a recognition of how well the team has done and how well the club is doing.
“But it’s not just about managers – managers seem to pick up the award as if it’s them that have done all the work, but there is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes.
“I’ve got a cracking backroom team with Gavin Price and Stevie Dunn. It’s not just that, I’ve got the physios working away and the staff at the club give great support to the directors.
“It’s an award to the club. I’d rather say that it’s an Elgin City award for the team of the month or the club of the month rather than the Manager of the Month. That’s the way it should be.”
Their run of strong form propelled Elgin up to second in the League Two table and they’ve managed to remain there despite the 2-1 defeat to Clyde last weekend.
And Weir is determined for his team to stay grounded despite their lofty position.
He added: “Forfar got a brilliant start and Gary Bollan is a great manager.
“They were suffering a wee spell that every club probably suffers, but they will come through it.
“A good thing for us at that time is we managed to capitalise and close what was a difficult gap.
“Things can change very quickly in football and I’m well aware of that and we just have to concentrate now on the job and look to hit our own targets.
“We know that it’s a very tough league,. It’s tougher than it was last year, but I feel that we’ve grown and we’ve kept the majority of the players so we are maybe a wee bit more experienced.
“This year we’ve got as good a chance as anybody to push towards the top half of the table and next year we are either in the title hunt or we are in the play-off hunt. That’s the target.”
- – Johnny Boyle from talkingbaws.com
Also, Shane Sutherland has been voted Player of the Month
Elgin in with a shout
Sutherland tips City for top spot
Elgin City striker Shane Sutherland insists he and his team-mates are in with a shout of winning the Ladbrokes League Two title after a brilliant run of form in October.
Sutherland was crowned the League Two Player of the Month after scoring twice and assisting two more.
And now he’s got the taste for it, his hunger for more silverware isn’t going anywhere.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, the 26-year-old said: “We want to win every game and if we do that we will be there or thereabouts.
“Forfar have stuttered a bit, but they started with seven wins in a row. If they manage to regain that form against us they will be right up there as well, but we can only affect what we do.
“We had a false start at home, but then got a good victory against Cowdenbeath at home in our last game and our away form has been decent.
“We can only think about ourselves and we’re confident.”
Having played for Peterhead in Ladbrokes League One and Inverness in the Ladbrokes Premiership, Sutherland is aware of what it takes should Elgin be promoted at the end of the season.
And of the different challenges, he added: “I think the higher you get in the league consistency is the biggest issue because I have played with and against a few players in the lower leagues in Scotland that I think are capable of playing in the Premiership, but they just aren’t doing it consistently enough to get that chance.
“So the players that are playing at the top level now in the Premiership are the most consistent and you can’t argue with that. That’s the biggest difference.
“Obviously there is a bit of difference in quality of players overall as well, but like I said, the consistency that they show is the biggest difference I’ve seen in games.
– Johnny Boyle – talkingbaws.com