Jim McInally says he loves his job after deciding to stay on as Peterhead manager.
The Blue Toon boss offered to resign following his side’s failure to gain promotion to League One.
The Buchan outfit were defeated 2-1 on aggregate by Stenhousemuir last Saturday in the play-off final having been pipped to the League Two title by Montrose by a single point.
McInally, who is Scotland’s longest-serving manager having joined the Balmoor club in October 2011, offered to leave after missing out on promotion.
But chairman Rodger Morrison and the club’s directors have persuaded him to remain in charge for next season.
McInally said: “I offered to resign and the directors thought that I should stay on and I did what I thought was the right thing to do. But they thought otherwise – the bottom line is that I love my job.
“The club means a lot to me, I’ve been there a long time and I feel part of the community in Peterhead, doing things like the children’s training camps during the school holidays.
“Resigning was something I was going to do but wasn’t particularly wanting to do.
“I was pleased that the directors persuaded me to stay on and that was really nice of them.
“The support I have received is why I love my job so much because we’re close, we’re friends.
“That’s everything you want as manager of a football club – to have a good relationship with the club’s directors.
“I said to them on Saturday after Stenhousemuir that they needed to look outside our friendship and look at the season to a certain extent.”
McInally is now making plans for next season as he hopes to guide the club out of League Two.
He added: “I didn’t need convinced about the team’s performance last season.
“The directors believed we were really unlucky and when you look at the statistics we were the second highest goalscorers in Scotland.
“So we were doing something right.
“With two or three signings hopefully we can improve again.
“I’m sorry to disappoint the supporters that would have wanted to see the back of me.
“But hopefully next season I can give them something to cheer about.”