Paul Hegarty: Angus should be proud of their four clubs

10/11/15  GA ARENA - DUNDEEMontrose Manager Paul Hegarty recieves the Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Month award for October.

10/11/15 GA ARENA - DUNDEEMontrose Manager Paul Hegarty recieves the Ladbrokes League Two Manager of the Month award for October.

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Paul Hegarty sent his sympathies to relegated Forfar Athletic before suggesting the county should be proud of their four football clubs.

The Montrose manager will be preparing for another four Angus derbies next season - perhaps even more should Brechin City come down to League Two as well - after the Loons’ relegation was confirmed on Saturday.

Asked about the news Hegarty recalled his own club’s situation a year ago when they faced relegation to the Highland League and were supported in their battle for survival by many fans and representatives of the other three Angus teams.

Paul said: “We were in the situation last year and I’ve said on many occasions, people from Arbroath, Brechin and Forfar came to support us in that game. Even though we’re rivals, and quite fiercely contested rivals throughout the years, they didn’t want to see Montrose go down.

“We don’t want to see other Angus teams go down. It’ll be even tougher for us next year.

“I think we’re quite unique in this area. We have four clubs in this area who are vying for the bragging rights, but when push comes to shove everyone else wants to see them doing okay.

“There is camaraderie there and it’s unique. I definitely see it. Even when I played at Dundee United, you were very welcome at the Angus clubs.

“It doesn’t happen too often in the football world and we should be happy and proud of the group of clubs we’ve got.”