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Former Alloa and Dundee boss Paul Hartley unveiled as new Falkirk Head Coach

Paul Hartley says he still believes Falkirk can finish in the Championship’s top four.

The Bairns’ new Head Coach agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the club yesterday.

Hartley has experience in the division, managing both Alloa and Dundee in recent years.

He also took the Dens Park club into the Premiership’s top six in 2015.

Interim boss Alex Smith will remain in charge for Saturday’s derby with Dunfermline.

Hartley said, “I am absolutely delighted to be back in management and to have been given this opportunity with a club the size of Falkirk.

“Throughout my discussions with the club it is clear to me that there is massive untapped potential here and I am looking forward to working with the players, staff and board to deliver on that as soon as possible.

“I am coming to a club with an impressive infrastructure, stadium and fanbase.

“All the discussions I have held so far have been extremely positive and I am excited to get to work with the players on Monday morning.”

Margaret Lang, Chair of Falkirk FC, said, “We are thrilled to be able to announce Paul as our new Head Coach.

“His passion for football shone through throughout all of the discussions we had and the Board and I firmly believe he is the man capable of leading the club forward.

“We have big aspirations and ambitions for the club and in Paul we see someone who shares those and can help us realise our target of reaching the Premiership and most importantly staying there for the long term.”

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