MONTROSE have appointed Ray Farningham to be their manager for the next two years.
Farningham took over on a caretaker basis after Steven Tweed resigned last month and the board has made the decision to keep him in the role.
Montrose chairman Derek Sim said: “Following Steven Tweed’s decision to step down three weeks ago the directors asked Ray in conjunction with Stuart [Garden, first team coach] to assume responsibility for the management, coaching and team selection duties on a caretaker role.
“During that time they have impressed the players, board of directors and supporters with their positive approach therefore the club is mindful the management team is settled to allow them sufficient time to consider player contracts and composition of the squad for next season.
He added: “We are all delighted that Ray has signed a two-year contract until May 2013.
“With the end of the season approaching, we were very mindful of contracts coming up for renewal and we wanted a settled management team in place to reassure players at the club.
“Ray will also now be able to sit down and choose potential signing targets for next season.”
Mr Sim continued: “The board have been impressed by Ray’s vision and attitude to the way the game should be played.
“He has a lot of positive ideas for the next campaign and the board were very comfortable appointing him on a permanent basis.
“We have had a couple of positive results which have produced a good feeling around the club and we feel we are playing good football.
“To be fair, although some of the results under Steven and when Ray took over as caretaker were not the best, we thought the team were still playing well albeit without hitting the back of the net.
“But we got a goal against Elgin to secure a win and then we picked up a good draw at Clyde.”
Farningham said that he is pleased with the response he has had since signing the contract last week.
He commented: “We’re on a good run of form just now and we’ve got to keep that going.
“We’re looking good defensively and the results are giving the boys back a bit of confidence.
“We’ve got four games left and it’s up to us to get as many points on the board as we can.”
Montrose continued their run of good luck with another win on Saturday against Berwick.
Farningham said: “We were walking wounded by the end of that match. There were lots of players out there carrying knocks but they all wanted to stay on the pitch.
“It’s a credit to them and there’s a real fighting spirit amongst the players.
“All you look for as a manager is for your players to give you their all for the club and they have definitely done that. We have never faulted their attitude in games - it’s been first class.
“We have played some good football this season and people tend to forget it’s a very young side.
“I think the starting line-up on Saturday featured seven players under the age of 21.
“So it’s a young side and with that you get inconsistency as well.”
“Hopefully, we can continue that promising form during what is left of the season.”
Montrose are now looking ahead to a home fixture against Stranraer on Saturday.
Farningham said: “We have had a couple of good results and hopefully that has given our players a bit of confidence that can be carried into the game.”