‘Life goes on’ says Little after sacking by phone

Berwick Rangers v Montrose''Ian Little of Berwick Rangers appeals to referee
Berwick Rangers v Montrose''Ian Little of Berwick Rangers appeals to referee

After ten years with Berwick as a player, coach and manager, Ian Little walked through the Shielfield Park exit door for the last time on Saturday.

Less than 24 hours after his side’s embarrassing 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Annan, he was relieved of his duties following a telephone call.

But the 40 year-old says life goes on. “I wish Berwick as a club, the players and the fans all the very best for the future,” he said.

“I still think I have assembled a good side this season. The players have a lot of quality and I firmly believe that whoever takes over will have a team capable of making the play-offs.

“I have been proud of what I have achieved at Berwick. As a player I won the league and as a coach and manager we have started to lay the foundations for what could be a bright future.

“There have been some good young players coming through, and if I had my time over again I probably wouldn’t change anything at all.”

Little said that football is a results-driven game and managers are judged on how their teams perform.

But his sacking still came as something of a surprise.

“It was disappointing it had to end the way it did,” he added. “After ten years I thought I might have been offered the opportunity to speak to the board personally, because if they had indicated they were unhappy with my performance I would probably have been man enough to walk away from it myself.

“I have really enjoyed my time with Berwick, but if the truth be known, I never thought I would be sacked.

“I always thought there would be mutual consent when the day came.”

Little now plans to concentrate on his coaching badges before deciding on his future within the game.

“I am close to getting my A Licence and that is something I want to work on before deciding on my next move,” he said.

Friend and goalkeeping coach Gary O’Connor immediately decided to quit on hearing the news. “Gary sometimes wears his heart on his sleeve,” said Little, “but I appreciate his understanding and his views on the position.

“This has all come as something of a blow to me, I won’t deny that. At the moment I am hurting inside, but I know that pain will go and eventually I will have to move on.

“I was thinking about coming down to Saturday’s game against Stirling Albion to say my goodbyes to a few people, but I think it is best I stay away.”