Peter Houston reveals no new contract talks are planned but insists he is ‘very relaxed’ over Falkirk future



Falkirk manager Peter Houston insists he is ‘very relaxed’ concerning his future at the club.

Houston signed a two-year contract with the Championship side in June last year and guided his team to a fifth-placed finish last season.

With the Bairns currently sitting third in the table, the 57-year-old will be looking to better that this season as he eyes a promotion play-off spot.

Peter Houston
Houston has not yet spoken to the Falkirk board about his contract

Despite the progress made, the former Dundee United boss, who only has another eight months remaining on his current deal, maintains he has no plans to force discussions about his position at the club.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone from the board with regards to that [his contract],” said Houston.

“I did sign a two-year contract, I was happy to do so and I haven’t even decided anything in my own mind.

“I am very relaxed about the situation. If they want me they’ll keep me.

“I feel the club is going in the right direction but we’ll see where it goes at the end of the season.”

At the age of 57, the former Scotland assistant acknowledged there has been an increase in younger managers in the game and is well backed by number two James McDonaugh and first-team coach Alan Maybury.

But believes experience still counts.

“I am relaxed in my own mind because I am in a situation in my life where football has become a younger manager’s game, but you see some of the experienced ones coming back again,” he added. “It goes in cycles.

“My experiences here have helped me and I have a great coaching staff in Alan and James. We work well together, ourselves and with the board.

Having managed in the Premiership as recently as 2013, Houston admits he craves another bite at the cherry with his Falkirk team.

And success in the promotion play-offs they hope to be competing in next May would surely remove any doubt over him remaining.

“I said when I came back my aim was to try and get Falkirk out of this league and nothing would make me happier than doing that,” he commented.

“And if we went up obviously I would be keen to get another sniff at the Premiership.”