Galloway plans local rebuild at Coldstream

Mike Galloway has revealed his plan to rebuild Coldstream virtually from scratch with a squad of local players from the Borders, Berwick and north Northumberland.

The new manager watched the Streamers crash to their heaviest defeat of the year in his first game in charge and is already planning to implement changes ahead of this weekend’s penultimate First Division game of the season away to Peebles Rovers on Saturday.

Galloway, who managed Wooler this season, said: “We will be training in Coldstream twice a week next season and I will be bringing in players from the local area. There is a huge rebuilding job to be done.”

The former Hearts and Celtic midfielder, who was installed as the new manager only last week, could not have picked more difficult opponents than Gretna to begin his tenure, but was unimpressed by the performance as the Streamers were hammered 5-0 by the league leaders at Home Park.

Outgoing manager Mark Lamb took training in Newbattle, near Edinburgh, for the last time last Thursday before handing the reigns to Galloway, who was assisted in his first match in charge by Lamb’s recent signing Phil Johnson.

With the exception of young midfielder Josh Hebdon, the depleted first-team squad Galloway has inherited is made up entirely of players from the Edinburgh area.

After a good run of form in March, the Streamers have now lost four games in a row and Galloway plans to draft in players from the under-19 squad for the last two games away to Peebles and Ormiston.