It’s out with the new and in with the old at Kelso

Eyemouth United host Kelso in the East of Scotland league
Eyemouth United host Kelso in the East of Scotland league

Kelso United manager Scott Dowie has been replaced by his predecessor, Tom ‘Prof’ Blaikie, after spending only four months in the Woodside Park hot seat.

Dowie’s departure came about on Monday evening following the Tweedsiders’ 1-0 defeat to Eyemouth United last Saturday.

Dowie told TheSouthern: “I received a phone call from club chairman Mike Tait who informed me that there had been an emergency committee meeting and that it had been decided that I should part company with the club.

“This came as a great shock to me as I have only been manager for eight or nine games.

“When I first come to the club there were only six signed players in the squad and I have since built this squad up.

“I had big hopes of strengthening this squad for next season.

“This is not going to happen now though and I am very disappointed as I felt I could do a job for Kelso.”

A spokesperson from the club confirmed that Dowie had been relieved of his post earlier in the week and that Blaikie would take on the manager’s role until the end of the season.

This weekend United, who are currently propping up the East of Scotland First Division table, travel to take on Burntisland Shipyard.

Elsewhere, high-flying Peebles Rovers play host to Eyemouth United, while Hawick Royal Albert make a trip to Hawthorns Park to tackle Duns.

In the Scottish Lowland League, Gala Fairydean Rovers have the chance to erase some of the pain they have suffered at Yarrow Park this season (7-0 and 5-1 defeats) when taking on Selkirk at Netherdale.

Gala assistant manager Bryan Templeton told us: “If we can get our passing game together we can put things to rights. Our boys won’t need fired up as they will be firing themselves up. It should be an interesting game.”

Selkirk team boss Steve Forrest said: “Since I became manager, Selkirk have not won at Netherdale. On the astroturf Gala are a very good side and we will have to match up to that.”

Vale of Leithen travel to face Threave Rovers.