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Archibald signs new deal at Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle have confirmed manager Alan Archibald and assistant Scott Paterson have signed new deals at the club, extending their stay until the summer of 2019.

Archibald is the longest serving boss in the Scottish top flight and has consolidated the Jags’ position in the Scottish Premiership over the past couple of seasons.

The 38-year-old joined Thistle in January 2013 and steered them to promotion to the top flight that season; 10th and 8th-placed finishes in the top flight have since been achieved and the club are on course to secure safety again this term.

The club’s chairman David Beattie said: “Alan and Scott have done an incredible job since taking over midway through our promotion season.

“Every season since, we have challenged them to drive the team forward and achieve more in the league with what other teams would regard as restricted resources – and every season they have achieved what we have asked of them.

“Undoubtedly there have been bumps in the road, but both Alan and Scott have taken everything in their stride and risen to the challenges very effectively.”

Beattie believes even more success can be achieved by the club with Archibald at the helm.

“No one should be in any doubt that Partick Thistle means business,” he said.

“Following three and half years of constant progress, growth and development, we are now in a stable position to build something really special here over the next three seasons.

“That means that not only do Alan and Scott have the board’s full backing but we will also give them all the resource we can to ensure we go one step better next season and grab a top six spot with both hands.”

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