Kelso come out in defence over Dowie dismissal

Kelso United vs Peebles. Damian McNulty for Kelso.
Kelso United vs Peebles. Damian McNulty for Kelso.

Kelso United bosses are this week standing by their decision to replace Scott Dowie, after only four months in charge at Woodside Park, with former manager Prof Blaikie.

As revealed in last week’s Southern Reporter, former Kelso goalkeeper Dowie was informed via phone call that he was being relieved of his duties. The club announced that Blaikie would take over until the end of the season.

Prof Blaikie Hawick Royal Albert Manager Tom

Prof Blaikie Hawick Royal Albert Manager Tom

Kelso’s long-serving chairman Mike Tait explained: “Results had been bad, performances poor and we were bottom of the league.

“We never had a settled team and on a few occasions had a squad of just 12 on a Saturday.

“You never knew who was going to turn up and some players in the side were just not East of Scotland League standard. Something needed to be done and it has been done. Hopefully, we can now start to turn the corner.”

Dowie is gutted to be leaving and told The Southern: “I understand that these things happen in football, but I am very disappointed in the unprofessional way it was handled.

“If the committee had not been happy with what I was trying to do I just wish they had spoken to me about it.

“It was my first spell as a manager and I was trying to develop a side, but I only got nine games in charge and you can’t develop a side in only nine games.”

Blaikie will be in charge when Kelso take on Duns at Woodside Park on Saturday.

He said: “I have never really been away from the club as I have been looking after the under 17s.

“It came as a surprise, though, when I was approached and asked if I would be interested in being the manager until the end of the season.

“I can’t remember a Kelso United side being bottom of the league before, so I know there is a lot to be done, but I am going into the job with a positive attitude.”

Elsewhere, Hawick Royal Albert are at home to Ormiston, and Peebles travel to face Heriot-Watt University.

In an intriguing-looking Lowland League encounter, Vale of Leithen tangle with Gala Fairydean Rovers at Victoria Park. Selkirk play host to Gretna 2008.