ROTHES have sacked manager Graham McBeath (pictured) following last weekend’s 7-0 mauling at Huntly.
McBeath admitted he was stunned by the move which brings to an end his second spell as manager at Mackessack Park.
"I was a wee bit shocked when Robbie (Thomson), our chairman, phoned me last night (Tuesday) and told me the news," he said.
"I thought the manner they went about it was pretty poor. Robbie was in Aberdeen and phoned to say he was coming to see me, but once he started telling me the news I didn’t want to see him."
Rothes’ last three away games at Turriff, Wick and Huntly have seen the struggling Speysiders concede 7,5 and 7 goals respectively.
Earlier this week, McBeath had admitted he was going through the toughest spell his managerial career with Rothes.
"Our first half performance last Saturday was a disgrace," he said, "there is no hiding from that."
Rothes were three down inside 15 minutes and McBeath said individual errors accounted for all four Huntly goals in the opening half.
McBeath joined the club as a player in 1989 and became manager for the first time in 1996.
After spells as assistant manager to Duncan Shearer at Buckie Thistle and Kris Hunter at Turriff Utd, McBeath returned to Mackessack Park. He led the club to the final of the Highland League Cup three years ago where they lost 2-0 to Forres Mechanics.
Read more on this in 'The Northern Scot'.