Rangers begin the search for their next manager

Berwick Rangers v Montrose''Player coach Ian Little (left) with manager Jimmy Crease (right)
Berwick Rangers v Montrose''Player coach Ian Little (left) with manager Jimmy Crease (right)

BERWICK Rangers have begun the search for a new manager following the resignation last week of Jimmy Crease.

The job is currently being advertised with a closing date of Thursday, November 10.

The board will meet on Saturday, November 12, prior to the home game against Queen’s Park, when a short-list will be drawn up.

In the meantime, Crease’s assistant, Ian Little will take charge of team affairs for the next three games – at home to Elgin City on Saturday, away to East Stirlingshire in a re-arranged fixture on Wednesday, and against Queen’s Park.

“The board met to discuss the situation last Thursday,” said director John Bell, “but it was obviously a very different meeting following Jimmy’s resignation.

“We were focused on moving forward and in that respect we wanted the job advertised as quickly as possible.

“We had already had a couple of telephone calls before the meeting enquiring about the job, so there is an obvious interest in it.”

Bell said the only stipulation with regards to candidates was that they must have their UEFA B licence. “We took some advice on the matter and were told this was the base level.”

Berwick had no game on Saturday because their Third Division away match at East Stirling was postponed. Shire were involved in a Scottish Cup replay against Buckie Thistle.

In the event, Little brought the first-team squad to Berwick for an extra training session.

Originally it had been anticipated that some of the first team would be playing for the Reserves against Ormiston in the East of Scotland League, as had been indicated by Crease earlier in the week.

But Little had other ideas and the players were put through their paces at Shielfield.

“I think at the present time it is best we all stick together,” said Little. “This is a difficult time for everyone at the club, but at the end of the day we all want to do well and take the club forward.

“I decided it was best to take everyone down to Berwick for training, and let them play a bounce game.”

As speculation continues to mount amongst supporters as to the identity of the next boss, one possible candidate has ruled himself out of applying.

But former player Robbie Horn, now in charge at Vale of Leithen, says he still has a strong affection for the club, and if they were to contact him he would happy to listen to what they had to say.