BERWICK’S search for a new manager will move on at a pace this week.
Today (Thursday, November 10) is the closing date for applications, and the Board of Directors will meet on Saturday, prior to the home match against Queen’s Park, to draw up a short-list.
Rangers are searching for a new manager following the resignation of Jimmy Crease, who stood down from his fourth spell in charge in the wake of the club’s humiliating 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat at the hands of Deveronvale.
That result prompted a wave of public criticism, culminating in a statement from one of the club’s major shareholders, the Supporters’ Trust, who called for Crease to be removed ‘with immediate effect.’
The job has been advertised for the past fortnight, and it is understood that a number of parties have expressed an interest.
No names have been revealed at this stage, which one would expect, but it has been confirmed that one of the applicants is a former England international player.
Crease’s assistant, Ian Little, who has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant managerial post at Shielfield, certainly did his chances no harm whatsoever on Saturday when his ten-man side took a point from a battling 1-1 home draw against Elgin.
Little was also in charge of team affairs at East Stirling last night (Wednesday) and will also be at the helm for the visit of Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Little knows some people will judge him on his three games in charge.
But speaking after the match against Elgin, when Darren Gribben scored with the very last kick of the first half, he said:
“I can’t stop that happening, but I would like to think that after seven years here the directors will know I have a lot more about me than that.
“The club is in a good stable situation at the moment, and I would like to think some of the credit for that will go to Jimmy. He was brought in to stabilise the club at a difficult time, and with me as his assistant, we managed to do that.
“Two and a half years down the line we are now in this position. Jimmy has gone, but personally I wish he had stayed on a little bit longer to see it through.
“We have to move on and I realise this is a chance for me to get on the managerial ladder, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”