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Falkirk boss given dreaded vote of confidence

Falkirk chairman Campbell Christie has assured manager John Hughes he won't be sacked before the end of the season. Falkirk have won only one of their last 14 SPL games and are currently bottom of the SPL.

They are only a point adrift of Inverness at the foot of the table, and Christie told BBC Scotland: "If there was going to be a change it would have been before the transfer window in January. But that won't happen now."

Christie admitted relegation to the Irn-Bru First Division would have a "huge" impact on the club.

"We wouldn't be able to operate at the level we are just now," he said.

"There would have to be major reviews of what we do, because the financial implications would be considerable."

But he insists work on a new third stand at the Falkirk Stadium will be completed regardless.

Hughes took charge of the Bairns in 2003 and earned promotion to the SPL two years later.

"I want to work with a budget that gives you a real opportunity," he said.

"The credit crunch has hit us hard. I'm at my best when I've got the fire underneath my backside."

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