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Gary Bollan quits Airdrie to take vacant Forfar job

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Gary Bollan has been confirmed as the new manager of Forfar Athletic after he quit League One rivals Airdrieonians.

Forfar are currently just three points above the relegation play off zone, while Airdrie are fifth in the league within touching distance of the playoffs.

A statement on the official Airdrie club website, read: “We would like to thank Gary and his staff Stuart Balmer and Ian Flaherty for their efforts in their time in charge.

“We will have a new coaching team in place for the home match with Peterhead on Boxing Day and will make an announcement about that to our fans in the coming days.”

Bollan was appointed Airdrie manager in October 2013, after leaving Livingston in 2012.

A statement via the Forfar club website, read: “The Station Park Directors were delighted with the calibre of the applicants for the post and it was only after an extensive interviewing process that they came to the unanimous decision that Gary was the man in their opinion to take the club forward in what are difficult times.

“He [Bollan] will obviously be in charge of the team for the visit of league leaders Dunfermline Athletic on Boxing Day and we are sure the home support will give him a warm welcome.

“The club would like to put on record their thanks to all who applied officially or noted an interest in the post and wish them all well for their future in the game.

“The Forfar Athletic Directors would also like to thank their counterparts at Airdrie for their co-operation in making the appointment possible and their thanks are also extended to Stewart Petrie and Barry Sellars who prepared the team in a very professional manner for the trip to Coatbridge on Saturday past.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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