Garry O’Connor accepts Selkirk FC manager’s post

Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team mates.
Garry O'Connor celebrates with his Selkirk team mates.

Former Scotland forward Garry O’Connor has been confirmed as the new Selkirk FC manager following the sacking of Steve Forrest last week.

The 32-year-old accepted the position on Saturday night despite his team suffering a 5-1 defeat in a Lowland League fixture against Gretna 2008 at Yarrow Park earlier in the day.

Club officials say that O’Connor was one of several who showed an interest in the post, but that from the outset he had been the preferred option.

“Garry has never made any secret of the fact he wants to get into coaching and it will be good for us to have someone who has already been involved at the club and knows what we are all about,” said Selkirk FC chairman Ross Anderson.

“It was a natural choice to appoint Garry, he’s been at the club for a year-and-a-half and we’ve put him through his UEFA B coaching course.

“For a small club, Garry has really helped raised our profile massively.

“He is well respected at the highest levels in football and for a team in the lower leagues to have someone like that leading the club can only push us forward.

“We’re excited about the prospect of Garry being here long-term and, with the contacts he’s got, he will attract a very good standard of player to come to the club.”

O’Connor, who won 16 caps for Scotland, joined Selkirk in August 2014 following an ill-fated stint with Greenock Morton and scored 21 goals last season. He subsequently re-signed for the 2015/16 campaign and was named club captain.

Boasting a wealth of experience he has had stints with Hibernian, Lokomotiv Moscow, Birmingham City, Barnsley and Tom Tomsk, but has also courted controversy during a chequered career.

O’Connor has brought in former Gala Fairydean Rovers coach Joe Brown as his assistant ahead of this week’s away fixture against Stirling University while Conan McDermiad has taken over the captaincy.

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