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Speysiders seek new manager


By Craig Christie


ROTHES are on the hunt for a new manager following the weekend departure of Steven MacDonald.

Rothes FC manager Steven MacDonald...Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.039370.
Rothes FC manager Steven MacDonald...Picture: Daniel Forsyth. Image No.039370.

MacDonald, who was appointed in January 2017, announced his exit by mutual consent to his players after Saturday's 3-1 win at Huntly.

He said he leaves the club in a strong position in the higher reaches of the Highland League for the next boss to carry on good progress made at MacKessack Park.

MacDonald's assistant Gordon Connelly remains at the club and could be seen as a candidate to take over at the helm.

The club are seeking applicants to send a CV and covering email to club chairman Iain Paul on iainpaul59@gmail.com or secretary Garry Davies on rothesfc@highlandleague.com.

"The board wish to place on record their thanks to Steve for his passion and commitment to the role over the past two and a half years which has lead to a significant improvement in results and the standing of our football club in the Highland League," said a club spokesperson.

"We remain an ambitious club looking to progress to the next level and the process of finding a new manager will now commence."

MacDonald said he had been grateful for the opportunity to boss Rothes, his first Highland League management position which he took on after being assistant to Grant Munro at Brora Rangers.

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"I’m pleased with the huge progress made since I joined the club when they were near the bottom of the league in January 2017," he said

"We have changed the whole culture and environment of the club for the better. I’ve met some great people and it’s been an invaluable experience which I have given my full commitment to."

MacDonald attracted experienced players like current captain Jamie Duff and former assistant Dan Moore to the Speysiders.

In his first full season Rothes won their first three league games and recorded a 9-1 win over Fort William, eventually finishing tenth.

Last season they matched their league position and defeated Fort by a club record 11-1 scoreline, as well as gaining their first Scottish Cup victory in the club's history.

This term the Speysiders started well but crashed to a 5-1 North of Scotland Cup defeat to Fort William in what proved to be MacDonald's last home game in charge.



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