Published: 22/01/2014 12:47 - Updated: 24/01/2014 16:10

Elgin City part company with manager Jack

Written byCraig Christie

ELGIN City have parted company with manager Ross Jack.

Ross Jack salutes the Elgin fans. Photo by Bob Crombie.
Ross Jack has left Elgin City after five years in charge. Photo by Bob Crombie.

The club issued a statement on Wednesday revealing Jack (54) had left the club by mutual consent after five years in charge.

He was Elgin’s longest serving Scottish League boss and the second-longest in charge of any SHFL club, after Forfar’s Dick Campbell.

His exit comes a day short of the fifth anniversary of his appointment into the job in 2009, when he replaced Robbie Williamson in the post.

In a club statement, City director Martyn Hunter said: "The board of directors of Elgin City Football Club wish to announce that, by mutual consent, the club has parted company with the manager, Ross Jack.

"The directors wish to thank Ross for his contribution over the last five years and wish him all the best for the future."

It is not yet known who will be in charge of the team for Saturday’s important league match at home to Montrose.

During his reign at Borough Briggs, Jack took City to the Division 2 play-offs for the first time in 2012, when they were defeated by a last minute goal to Albion Rovers in the semi-finals.

The club narrowly missed out on the play-offs in two other seasons under Jack’s guidance.

However, this term Elgin’s challenge for promotion has struggled to get off the ground, and Jack’s final match as manager came in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at bottom side Queen’s Park.

With Scottish football’s new pyramid system coming into play next season, Elgin’s next appointment is a crucial one with the relegation trap door to the Highland League opening up.

Jack’s former number two, current Wick boss Barry Wilson, starts as one of the favourites to succeed him in the role, while ex-Hearts striker John Robertson is another possible candidate.

Jack’s time as Elgin boss saw him in charge for 213 league and cup matches, winning 75 and losing 97.

More on this story in the Northern Scot web and print version.

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