Coldstream manager Stevie Gibbard resigns

Coldstream manager Stevie Gibbard has suddenly quit after 12 games in charge.
Coldstream manager Stevie Gibbard has suddenly quit after 12 games in charge.

Coldstream manager Stevie Gibbard announced his resignation last night - just three months after taking charge at Home Park.

The 39-year-old quit out of the blue last night, telling players that he had made the decision with “deep regret” and passing on his thanks and best wishes to the squad and committee.

The shock announcement comes at a time when Coldstream are enjoying their best run of results of the season so far, with two wins and a draw from their past three games.

The signing of three French players - with one more set to be confirmed in the coming days - had also bolstered the squad for the run-in.

Gibbard, a former Coldstream striker who had previously managed Tyneside amateurs Stobswood Welfare, took over following the resignation of Neil Oliver in mid October. He got off to a flying start by beating Leith Athletic 2-1 in the South Region Challenge Cup in his first game in charge.

He set about strengthening the threadbare squad he inherited by bringing in an influx of new players. Recent results have been encouraging, although the Streamers remain bottom of the East of Scotland League Premier Division.

Overall, Gibbard has been in charge for 12 games and departs with a record of three wins, three draws and six defeats.