Peebles boss Robertson quits

Selkirk Junior FC award winners, back row from left: Mike McKinnon (1st Team Manager), Daniel Sandilands, Fraser Easson, Stephen Graham, Darryl Shepherd (Head Coach). Front row: Chris Stansfield, Robbie McMorran, Alex Carroll.
Selkirk Junior FC award winners, back row from left: Mike McKinnon (1st Team Manager), Daniel Sandilands, Fraser Easson, Stephen Graham, Darryl Shepherd (Head Coach). Front row: Chris Stansfield, Robbie McMorran, Alex Carroll.

PEEBLES Rovers manager Stuart Robertson has quit the club, writes John Slorance.

Robertson announced he was stepping down on Saturday night after his side lost 7-0 at Craigroyston.

However, it appeared the former Vale of Leithen and Gala Fairydean coach may stay on, before he finally confirmed his departure on Tuesday evening, citing work commitments.

Speaking to TheSouthern before Tuesday’s final decision, Robertson said: “I resigned after the Craigroyston game and there are no ifs or buts about that.

“I was really disappointed with the way we had played and there were other issues as well, such as our park situation and the team training only once a week.”

Peebles face Burntisland Shipyard in the Image Printers Cup first round on Saturday.

Also in the cup, Selkirk travel to Civil Service Strollers.

Battered and bruised after having been thumped 6-1 by Ormiston in their last outing, the Yarrow Park men will have had a week to lick their wounds.

Selkirk manager Mike McKinnon said: “Our showing against Ormiston was the worst performance Selkirk have put in since I came to the club.

“We were just abysmal and displays like this are just not good enough and completely unacceptable.

“I know we had players missing, but this is no excuse for how badly Selkirk played. There will have to be a huge improvement if we want to do anything against Civil Service on Saturday.”

Ahead of his side’s Premier Division clash against Spartans at Victoria Park, Vale of Leithen boss Fraser Ogilvie said: “Games don’t come any harder than Spartans or the likes of Stirling University and Whitehill Welfare, so it will be a real test for our character on Saturday.

“It’s taking time for us to gel as a side, but we are getting there.”

Vale are without goalkeeper Sinclair Inglis who is on holiday.

Kelso United tackle Hawick Royal Albert at home in the First Division, with the Royalists having appointed a new coach, Edinburgh-based Gary Cardle, while managerless Gala Fairydean travel to Berwick Rangers Reserves.