Newton Stewart Football Club is on the lookout for a new manager after the management team of George Grierson and Kevin Deeney parted company last weekend following a five-month involvement with the South of Scotland league leaders.
The pair came to the club in an emergency situation at the start of the season with no signed players and put together a team of mostly local players who are still unbeaten in the league so far this season and are fairing well in the cup competitions with the final of the Haig Gordon Cup against Wigtown and Bladnoch to be looked forward too a week on Saturday.
The management team decided that the traveling was becoming too much for them, particularly in the adverse weather conditions and recently they were involved in an accident on their way home from training which resulted in George Grierson receiving injuries and his car being written off.
However, their sudden and unexpected parting has left the club with a bit of a dilemma to carry the team through the rest of the season.
Volunteers have been identified to take the training along with senior members of the playing squad and there will be no change in the training routine in the interim period.
The club do though need to put a suitable and experienced manager in place over the next few weeks and the request is that anyone interested in taking over should contact any of the committee or secretary John McNaught on 01671403066.
Mr McNaught said: It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in this position particularly at this time of the season but George and Kevin have decided to leave and they do so leaving us in a good position with the club leading the South League and in a Cup Final.
“The pair are ambitious to do well in football and have shown that they have the attributes to manage and coach in a higher grade and we wish them both well and a successful future.
“However, life goes on in football terms and the committee and office bearers have met with the players who are dedicated to stay with the club and show that they have the ability to have a successful season. The club is confident that it can have an experienced manger in place quite quickly as already there has been a bit of interest but we will not jump into anything and wait until we have the right person to take the club forward from the high starting position that we are in at present.”