Paul Hartley takes ex-Dundee FC backroom staff member to Falkirk

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley

Former Dundee boss Paul Hartley has taken one of his old backroom staff members with him to Falkirk.

The Dens Park Championship-winning boss was appointed as manager at the Championship side two weeks ago following Peter Houston’s departure.

Today, the Bairns announced the Dark Blues’ former fitness coach Tam Ritchie has joined up with Hartley once again.

On April 17, it was announced that Ritchie had left Dundee, the same day Paul Hartley was dismissed from his duties.

Paul Hartley alongside Tam Ritchie in the Dundee dugout.

Ritchie spent three years working alongside the 40-year-old.

The pair also worked together at Hearts and Alloa Athletic.

Hartley was reported to want current Dens youth chief Jimmy Boyle and long-term injury victim James McPake.

Although Dundee have denied he will be moving on.

Boyle has been given high praise from Dees for his involvement in the current development squad.

The young Dundee squad currently sit top of the development league.

On the capture of Tam Ritchie, Hartley said: “Tam is someone that I worked with as a player at Hearts for four years and someone that I worked with at Dundee and Alloa too.

“We have had a lot of success together. He’s someone that works the players hard and keeps them in good shape.

“If you look back at my teams they have always been fit and organized. He is here to
build with the players and help them to get better – he is outstanding at his job and I am
pleased to have him on board.”

Falkirk have also announced the appointment of Jimmy Nicholl as assistant to Paul Hartley.

The Bairns currently sit eighth in the SPFL Championship.