Last Season’s Position – 1st (League One)
This Season’s Prediction – 4th
Best Signing of the Summer So Far – Gavin Reilly
While he is just on loan from Hearts, the centre-forward has excelled at the Championship level on a couple of occasions. His one in three goal average in the second tier is the first part of the two-pronged attack needed to fire the Pars into those promotion playoff spots.
Key Man – Joe Cardle
“Super Joe” had a triumphant return to the club last season after being made redundant in March 2012. Unlike many fan favourites returning to the club where they made it big, this was a success, as we seen a much-improved player from the one that left three years previous. His double digit figures in assists and goals may be scoffed at by critics who state that it was against part-time opposition. However, his importance was proven in his absence, as Dunfermline lacked a real creative spark when the left winger was sidelined.
The Manager – Allan Johnston
While Johnston’s tenure at Kilmarnock was a disaster. He revitalised his managerial career at East End Park with a comprehensive title win in the third tier. The majority of his signings have been shrewd and even with the failures you could see what was trying to be achieved. His tactics have been pretty spot on, with the only caveat being his implementation of substitutions have not always been used in the best manner.
Anywhere above ninth is acceptable. The consensus from the support is looking for the Pars being in the hunt for the last Premiership playoff spot come the last week of the season. Personally, I believe Athletic have enough in their side to finish fourth.
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