BARRY Wilson has emerged as the front runner to step into the Elgin City manager’s post vacated this week by Ross Jack.
Jack’s five-year reign came to an end on Wednesday because of poor results and the need for change ahead of an “absolutely critical” period in the club’s history, according to chairman Graham Tatters.
Elgin are now searching for their sixth manager in 14 years of Scottish League football, and current Wick Academy boss Wilson is favourite to succeed his former colleague.
The former Ross County and Caley Thistle star, who was Jack’s assistant at Borough Briggs for two seasons, refused to dismiss the idea of him taking the job once the dust settles from his friend’s exit.
Club coach Bobby Beckwith yesterday (Thursday) refused an Elgin offer to take interim charge for Saturday’s home match against Montrose. Team captain David Niven, currently injured with a broken toe, and former skipper Paul Kaczan will instead be in charge this weekend.
Club chairman Tatters insisted the club did not have a new manager in mind when they terminated Jack’s contract by mutual consent this week.
He said bad results which saw Elgin drop from second-top to second-bottom in League 2 had been the main factor in his board’s decision.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-league Queen’s Park at Airdrie turned out to be the last match in Jack’s Elgin career, which started almost exactly five years to the day he was shown the door.
Tatters admitted that with next season’s Scottish football pyramid system coming into play, making City candidates for possible relegation back down into the Highland League if they finish bottom, it was the right time for the club to act.
“It was a results-based decision. Everything else in the club is going great, but we’re sitting second bottom of the league and we got beat by the bottom club last Saturday.
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