Forrest looks to put down roots at Yarrow Park

Steve Forrest, the new manager of Selkirk FC.
Steve Forrest, the new manager of Selkirk FC.


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Still struggling to find their feet in the Lowland League, Selkirk have not let the grass grow – as far as installing a new manager is concerned.

Less than a week after the resignation of manager Mike McKinnon, the Yarrow Park outfit found a replacement in the shape of former Hutchison Vale Under-21s coach Steve Forrest, who witnessed the side slump to a dismal 5-1 defeat at the hands of Stirling University last Saturday.

Arriving at Yarrow Park with a good footballing pedigree behind him, however, Forrest is more than keen to steer his new club out of the troubled waters they have been in for quite a while.

He told The Southern: “I was quite happy with our second-half performance against Stirling and can take something out of this.

“My first aim at Selkirk is to get the players singing from the same hymn book and adopting a professional attitude.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and time to get things right. but I am confident I can do the job.”

Forrest was signed up immediately following an interview with Selkirk chairman Brian Combe and committee member Ross Anderson last Tuesday.

“We had already been looking to expand the coaching team before Mike officially resigned and this appointment was a result of all the work that has been going on behind the scenes lately,” explained Anderson.

“We were keen to have a replacement in place as soon as possible, although we would have been prepared to take some time in order to get the right man for the job.

“We had a fair bit of interest in the post, but after a long chat with Steve, we decided there and then that he was our man. He is well-qualified and his enthusiasm is relentless.”

Anderson also revealed that Forrest would be heading up a three to four- man coaching team at Yarrow Park.

“There are exciting times ahead at the club,” he added.

“Steve has bags of experience with youth set-ups, having been involved with Hibs juniors as well, and is keen to help us put a solid structure in place.”

Keen to impress their new boss, Selkirk got on the scoresheet first in last weekend’s match against Stirling, Barry Milven scoring in the 24th minute, but the Students showed their quality with goals from Jack Nixon, Paul Sudden, Calum Burns and a Chris Geddes brace.