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Lawson: I want to pay back the chairman

By Sean McAngus

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HE has been in the dugout at North Lodge Park since September 2017 and won a Highland League Cup, Aberdeenshire Shield and an Aberdeenshire Cup during his reign so far.

But Formartine United boss Paul Lawson says that his hunger for more trophy success continues, as the Pitmedden side look to win the league title next season.

He told the Advertiser: “I’m pleased, but you always want more and I put that pressure on myself as a coaching staff, especially Russell Anderson and I.

“The chairman has put a lot into the club and he deserves a bit of return from that.

“Everyone knows that and there is no secret about that. “I want to pay him back in a sense, by bringing success to the club.

“I think that’s the pressure I put on myself and obviously he wants that, but it is not pressure he puts on me on a daily basis.

“It is certain that the club should be achieving more and you can see that when teams celebrate when they beat us.

" It is a scalp, but players have to deal with that.

“The only way you are going to be successful is if you overcome that.

Formartine manager Paul Lawson (left) and assistant manager Russell Anderson.
Formartine manager Paul Lawson (left) and assistant manager Russell Anderson.

Talking about the coronavirus crisis forcing the Highland League season to end early, he said: “Everyone is struggling without their football fix, but what is going on in the world is the more important thing. “We ask our boys to keep themselves ticking over and it is a different breed of player now.

“A lot of the boys look after themselves anyway, so from my point of view that’s not a big worry.”

North Lodge
North Lodge

Despite some frustration over the club not reaching the heights that he wants, Lawson has enjoyed management so far.

He said: “I have really enjoyed it and obviously some frustrating times. “I sometimes let things get to me more than they really should, but it is all about the experience and learning.

“I have enjoyed every minute of it and I try to keep it as professional as I can.

“First and foremost, the aim is to win the league with Formartine.

“Like I said, I hadn’t thought of management before the Formartine job so I hadn’t set any goals, but now I’m in it, the league is my immediate target.

“For the start of next season the aim would be to win the league and take Formartine into the Scottish Football League if we could, that’s the target.

“Ultimately, we want the league and the biggest thing is consistency, like Cove, who were incredible, and that’s the level we have to reach.”

United will play their League Cup semi final with Rothes next season.

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