Harry Cairney quits as Annan Athletic manager

Harry Cairney has quit as manager of Annan Athletic after six years at the helm, with the 51-year-old citing family and health reasons along with poor results for his decision to step down.

His last game in charge was the 3-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox on Tuesday night.

Cairney released a statement via the official club website tonight, he said: “It is with much sadness but with no regrets that I have decided to resign from my post as Manager of Annan Athletic Football Club.

“In recent times, and I don’t just mean the last month, I have found it very difficult to manage the time I spend with my family, my job and carrying out my duties as Annan Athletic manager. As a result I find it very difficult to “switch off” and relax and this has had a negative effect on my general health and well being. The recent run of bad results has not made this any easier and I find myself worrying about football matters when I should be focusing on other areas of my life.

“In essence, I need to reduce my responsibilities and look after myself better than I am at present. The only way I can do this is to resign from my post at the club.”

He added: “As you know results usually change for the good when a manager departs a club and I am sure this will also be the case at Annan Athletic. Players, staff and results are temporary but the club is permanent and I am confident it will flourish in the coming years.”

Euan Brydson will take over team affairs on an interim basis, assisted by Stuart Sorbie ahead of this weekend’s game at East Stirlingshire.


  1. PrideAndNoPrejudice

    December 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    In a press statement today, Mr cairney said that “I knew we’d hit the ultimate low when we were beaten by a team that was still in its formation year”.

    Only joking Bears.

  2. As in all walks of life family and health should always come first.

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