Dunfermline legend Jim Leishman pledges boardroom support for Allan Johnston

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BY IAIN COLLIN – Capital City Press

Jim Leishman insists the Dunfermline board will do all they can to help new manager Allan Johnston lead the club back up the divisions.

Johnston’s side will begin the new campaign as one of the favourites for the League One title.

However, with predecessors Jim Jefferies and John Potter having both failed to win promotion since the Pars were relegated from the Championship in 2013, the pressure is on Johnston to repeat the third-tier success he had with Queen of the South two years ago.

Leishman, now a club director after serving the Fifers as player and manager, said: “I’ve only met Allan twice since he took over. The first time was just a ‘hello’ but the second time he was talking about his thoughts for the club.

“He’s a very clever man, he’s a football person and I don’t think he’ll suffer fools gladly.

“As a board we’ve just got to give him every opportunity to succeed, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to give him as much backing as we can.

“Time will tell but we hope we have the manager that can get the club back out of this division. We’ve got to give him every chance.

“He’s shown with his track record, with his time at Queen of the South, that he has the ability to do that. So, we’ve got to give him every chance to do it again. That’s the objective of the directors.”

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