The football season has just begun and in the blink of an eye, a manager has departed from a Borders club.
Prof Blaikie quit as Kelso United boss following their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Coldstream in their opening game of the term last Saturday.
The result, however, had nothing to do with Blaikie quitting the Woodside Park side. According to him, this resignation has been on the cards for some considerable time.
He told The Southern: “Some people might be saying that I have left because of the result, but they can say what they like. The facts are that I have been thinking of packing it in for quite a while and, indeed, was going to walk at the end of last season. I was talked into staying, but I should have stuck to my guns.
“It was my intention to resign during this week, but word leaked out on Saturday and I officially told the players after the Coldstream match.
“You could perhaps say it’s not a good time to leave a club when a season has just started, but there is never a good time to leave a club.”
Never one to mince his words, Blaikie, added: “One of the main reasons I have quit is that I have fallen out of love with the East of Scotland League.
“It has been a shambles since the Lowland League began. This season there is a premier league of nine teams and a first division of eight. This is crazy – it means that sides are going to play each other four times.
“Last year I got into trouble for saying the fixture list was rubbish, which it was. Well, the fixture secretary should find it an easy job now, with just eight teams to sort out.
“There are other things as well, and I think it’s time that Kelso had a new voice and a fresh face.”
Kelso chairman Mike Tait said: “We are left in limbo at the moment, but hope to appoint a new manager as soon as possible.
“The club would like to thank Prof for the five years he has given to Kelso.”
United face Stirling University in the League Cup at home on Saturday, while Hawick Royal Albert travel to face Easthouses Lily.
Recently-appointed Albert coach Alan McKenzie said: “I have been happy with the way we have shaped up in our friendly games and I think the match will be a very close one.”
In the Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers tackle Spartans at Netherdale, while Selkirk and Vale of Leithen are away to University of Stirling and East Kilbride respectively.