Mickey Lawson who became Vale of Leithen team boss during the early part of this season when taking over the reins from Ian Little, has left the Victoria Park club.
A one-time Stirling Albion, St Johnstone, Raith Rovers, Berwick Rangers and Meadowbank Thistle player and former Arbroath, Meadowbank, Whitehill Welfare and Spartans manager, Lawson finished his days with the Vale following the Innerleithen sides home defeat at the hands of Threave Rovers last Saturday.
Commenting on Lawson’s departure, Vale vice chairman Stuart Robertson said, “Mickey has left the Vale on good terms and his leaving has been a mutual thing.
“In the Lowland League a manager has to have or get a ‘B’ license coaching badge, which Mickey didn’t have. “Myself and club chairman Jack Diamond have had talks with Mickey about this. Mickey didn’t really want to go in this direction so it was agreed by the three of us that he would finish as manager.
“Mickey has a lot of experience behind him, knows his football and has done a lot of good work in the period he has been with the Vale.”
Currently on holiday with his family in Mallorca, Lawson has pointed out that it was perhaps a good time to cut the umbilical cord.
This weekend managerless Vale are set to take on Dalbeattie Star at Victoria Park.
It is unlikely that the Vale will have a new team boss before the season comes to a close.
Reflecting on this Robertson says, “Jack Diamond, Mark Lamb and myself will be helping run the side until the end of the season. We still have a few games to play and we need to do as well as possible in them”.
Elsewhere in the Lowland League, Selkirk are away to Gretna 2008 while Gala Fairydean Rovers travel to clash with Spartans.
The East of Scotland League conjures up two Border derby battles. Peebles Rovers have a Whitestone Park meeting with Duns while Hawick Royal Albert entertain Coldstream.