VIDEO: Anderson steps in as Bandits’ team manager

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Berwick promoter John Anderson has taken on the role of team manager with the Bandits until the end of the season.

The Borderers’ boss takes over from Ian Rae, who stood down from the position last week due to ongoing health issues.

Anderson, who was in charge of the team for their home victory over Plymouth on Saturday, said afterwards:

“We haven’t had our board meeting yet to discuss is fully, but the feeling is we want to keep it in-house, so with George (Hepburn) taking over the role of track curator, I have decided to step in and take over the team manager duties.

“It is a job I have done before and I am looking forward to the challenge of doing it for the rest of the season.”

Unfortunately, Anderson will not be available for tonight (Thursday’s) away meeting at Redcar as he is on holiday.

“But I will be cutting my holiday short and going down to Somerset on Friday to see Claus (Vissing) and David (Bellego) riding in the Premier League Pairs,” he said.

Anderson added that it was unfortunate Rae had stepped down.

“Ian is a close friend and has been with us since the start,” he said. “He needed to take a break and we wish him well.

“Of course I would like to thank him for everything he has done for the club over the years - if it wasn’t for people like Ian, speedway would be in a far worse position than it is.

“I am just glad we managed to get back to winning ways against Plymouth. Last week against Peterborough everything that could go wrong, did, and it was a night I do not want to see repeated.

“We were back to a full seven-man team, and the riders were keen to make amends, so overall it was a pleasing performance and result.”

There is no meeting at Shielfield on Saturday because of the British Grand Prix at Cardiff, but after that Bandits expect to have a clear run of home fixtures through to the end of the season.