Horn confirms reasons behind his Shielfield departure

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Robbie Horn has confirmed his reasons for leaving Shielfield.

Horn stepped down as assistant manager with the Rangers after the final game of the season.

Robbie Horn has been named assistant manager to Ian Little at Berwick Rangers and was in the dug out for his first match against Stranraer

Robbie Horn has been named assistant manager to Ian Little at Berwick Rangers and was in the dug out for his first match against Stranraer

His departure was announced by the club at the weekend, but as there was no explanation at the time, Horn himself has spoken about his decision.

“Basically, I am just looking for a fresh challenge,” he said. “I want to be my own man again.”

Horn, who is a former Berwick player - he won the then third division championship in 2007 - previously managed Vale of Leithen in the East of Scotland League and he returned to Shielfield as assistant to Ian Little before continuing in the role under current boss Colin Cameron.

“People have been asking my why I am leaving, so I just want to put the record straight,” he said.

“I just want to make it clear there has been no fall out with anybody at the club. I leave on good terms with the players, the management and the board of directors.

“As everyone will appreciate, it was a difficult, and at times frustrating season.

“But with the amount of time I put into the job I realised I might as well be doing it for myself.

“I want to be my own man again, to go away and be a manager somewhere.

“I don’t know where that will be yet, but I will wait for the right opportunity to come along. I am not going to jump into the first job that becomes available - it has to be the right move for me.”

Horn says he has many happy memories of his times at Berwick.

“When I first came to Berwick as a player I struggled,” he admitted. “I couldn’t settle, but gradually things started to work out and winning the league is probably the fondest memory I have of my time in football.

“I have worked under a number of different managers at Berwick, and they have each had their own way of doing things. They have each had their reasons for doing things, some of which have affected me, but that’s football, and you have to accept it. I have no grudges against anyone for the decisions they have made.

“I love Berwick, and if the opportunity to come back as manager one day arises I would like to take on the role, but that’s all in the future.

“For the here and now it’s about going out and getting some experience on my own. I have had a couple of offers but there is nothing concrete at the moment.”