Lamb to quit as Coldstream boss

Mark Lamb is leaving Coldstream at the end of the season
Mark Lamb is leaving Coldstream at the end of the season

COLDSTREAM are looking for a new manager following Mark Lamb’s decision to stand down at the end of the season.

Lamb informed the East of Scotland League club’s committee of his decision this week, explaining that travel and family commitments have persuaded him to seek a new position nearer to Edinburgh.

“The support I have had from the committee at Coldstream has been fantastic,” said Lamb, whose assistant, Jim Rae, is also set to depart. “The travelling from Edinburgh, however, has been a burden on me and my family. Letting the club know of my intention now will hopefully give them time to find a replacement.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and hope we can end the season on a high.”

The former Peebles and Spartans juniors manager took over from Peter McNulty at Home Park in February 2010 with the team were bottom of the Premier Division, but was unable to turn things round to avoid relegation.

Lamb brought in a number of Edinburgh-based players last summer, but Coldstream have struggled in the First Division this season. They currently sit in ninth place with just 14 points from 15 games and are out of all the cups.

A leaky defence was their main problem during the first half of the season, and although they have tightened up at the back since the turn of the year, they have struggled at the other end of the pitch, scoring only three goals in five competitive games in 2011.

Coldstream are understood to favour a replacement for Lamb who can reverse the departure of so many local players. Duns Amateurs manager Neil Oliver and Eyemouth United boss Carl Hudson could be among the candidates to take over.