Queen of the South have waded in with their latest managerial team as Gus MacPherson returns to full-time football alongside Andy Millen. It certainly leaves a wee twist in the tail as the Doonhamers were many peoples’ favourites to go down this coming season. They have moved to put a man in place with a pedigree in getting teams out of the First Division UP the way rather than down the way.
At the other end of the scale, Cowdenbeath have taken on a new manager in the shape of Colin Cameron, Cameron though is hardly a new face, having spent a season under Jimmy Nichol at Cowdenbeath, the ropes should be fairly familiar to Colin. This was in the same week as the Brewster family relinquished overall control of the club and steps seem to be being taken to make the club a more community run venture.
At the club where fan control was taken to the logical extreme – that’ll be fan ownership then – Stirling Albion have come out fighting over their pay for your trial scheme. Players Union Rep Stuart Lovell had questioned the scheme but Stirling have been unrepentant and have now asked another 17 to trial. That’s another £3,400 in the kitty. There have been 12 asked in for pre season training from the trials on the 4th June and one signed worthy of mention. Former Scotland Homeless World Cup player, Sean Lawrence ahs penned a one year full-time deal.
Falkirk have signed Darren Dods which will help shore up their defence for the new season but there are restless Bairns looking to see what Elvis has in store in terms of a striking partnership and goalkeeper! With a very busy pre season looming – Alloa, Dundee United, Inverurie, Peterhead, Leeds United, Preston North End and Hibs – it should be a gruelling enough start with some hope that the preparation will keep them in the Cups beyond July. Away to Albion Rovers in the Communities Cup and away to Brechin City the week before are both very winnable ties.
Raith Rovers have a home tie against Cowdenbeath in the Ramsden’s Cup before toddling off to Montrose for the Communities Cup. As for signing news – it’s all gone quiet… The major debating point seemingly still about the potential budget John McGlynn has!
Jim Weir at Brechin City can’t wait long in bemoaning the lack of Rory McAllister, if or when it is confirmed he has signed for another club – still favourites are Peterhead. He hasn’t really had time as Jamie Redman is off to Peterhead whilst Andrew Cook has joined up with David White and Darren Smith at East Fife. There is no news as yet but there is time yet…
At Forfar Athletic the renegotiation of the Forfarshire Cup means it will now be a youth cup. Forfar get a bye and with a fairly busy pre season to come this might be a blessing. Annan Athletic have no signing news in the last week though pre season friendlies against Dalbeattie Star, Threave Rovers and Stenhousemuir. For Berwick Rangers the draw for the Reserve League Cup sees Berwick in with Stirling University, Gretna, Selkirk, Ormiston and Hawick Royal Albert.