Alan Archibald to remain Partick Thistle manager

Alan Archibald will remain as Partick Thistle manager despite their relegation from the Scottish Premiership, the club have confirmed.

The Jags’ five-season stay in the top flight was brought to an end on Sunday after suffering a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Livingston in the play-off final.

Archibald became Partick boss in January 2013 following the departure of Jackie McNamara and helped the club secure promotion to the Premiership at the end of that season.

In a statement released on the club’s website, chairman David Beattie said: “In considering the best person to help us achieve our objectives, it is our considered opinion that Alan Archibald is still the best man to be the Thistle manager.

“Alan steered the club to Premiership promotion and kept us there for five seasons, including a top six finish, a feat not achieved by any other Thistle manager in at least 25 years.

“His honesty in admitting that mistakes were made last season is the mark of a man of integrity and his commitment to this club has never been in doubt.

“He’s an intelligent manager, who knows Thistle and still has a passion for it. As a young manager, he remains well-regarded in the footballing world.

“All of these things were factors in our decision. But, most importantly, Alan indicated in the strongest terms that he wanted the opportunity to put right what has happened, not for him personally, but for the sake of the club. We believe he can do it and that he deserves that chance.

“So the challenge we have set Alan is to rebuild the team with the aim of one season in the Championship then back to the Premiership. We have also agreed that we must return to playing football like Partick Thistle – we can’t be anyone else.”