Enough is enough – I can’t go on, says McKinnon

Selkirks manager protests at the end of the game about a hard tackle against one of his players, the vale player was booked.
Selkirks manager protests at the end of the game about a hard tackle against one of his players, the vale player was booked.
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Currently anchored at the bottom of the Lowland League table, Selkirk are having a troubled season, to say the least.

And the Yarrow Park side have now dropped into a deeper abyss due to the loss of manager Mike McKinnon who, after a lot of thought and soul-searching, has decided to quit his post.

Because of Selkirk’s poor playing record, this news is not exactly a bolt from the blue, but at the same time there is an element of surprise about it as former Cowdenbeath player McKinnon is known for his grizzled fighting quality and digs deep in any sort of situation.

McKinnon’s job has, however, already been filled, by former Hutchison Vale youth coach Steve Forrest.

McKinnon told The Southern: “Resigning as Selkirk manager has not been an easy decision to make and I have put a lot of thought into it.

“The club is ambitious, has a very hard-working committee and has a lot going for it.

“However, I am not going to kid myself on or anybody else, things haven’t been going well on the park.

“I have tried hard to turn things around, but it’s not worked and I have decided enough is enough.”

Part of the problem, according to McKinnon, has been the attitudes of the players, and for that also he takes part of the responsibility.

“Some of the players in the side are just not good enough for Lowland League football,” he admitted.

“I take blame for this myself, though, as I was the guy who signed them. However, my main problem has been players’ attitudes. Some guys have been absolutely brilliant and have put in a lot of commitment. Others have been the opposite, though, and I have found this difficult to handle.

“I have given the job my best shot and have had some brilliant times, but I think it’s now time that someone else took over.”

McKinnon will be remaining with the Souters for their next two games. Selkirk face Stirling University in the Lowland League at home on Saturday.

Gala Fairydean entertain Gretna 2008, while Vale of Leithen host East Kilbride.

In the East of Scotland League Cup, Peebles Rovers, Hawick Royal Albert and Kelso United are home to Berwick Rangers Reserves, Stirling University and Civil Service Strollers respectively.