Storm clouds over Vale as management team quit

Pic Greg Macvean - 25/01/2014 - Spartans v Vale of Leithen - 'Spartans - Alasdair MacKinnon header'Vale - Graham O'Brien
Pic Greg Macvean - 25/01/2014 - Spartans v Vale of Leithen - 'Spartans - Alasdair MacKinnon header'Vale - Graham O'Brien

The weather was quite calm last weekend, but over the pastures of Victoria Park, however, a storm raged, one that wreaked havoc within Lowland League side Vale of Leithen.

For in an astonishing whirlwind of events, the managerial team of Chic McAleavy, Fraser Ogilvie and Mickey Weir, plus several players, have gone with the wind and vanished from the club.

Vale secretary, Alec Currie, told The Southern: “There has been quite a lot going on to say the least.

“First of all, the committee asked the management what plans they had for next season. Two or three weeks went past and nobody got back to us.

“The club had to cover its backside, so Mark Lamb, who has been manager of Berwick Rangers Reserves and whose contract finishes at the end of this season, was asked by us if he would be available to take on the job of manager should it ever come up.

“He was not offered the job directly, but when Chic got to hear about it he quit as manager and Fraser and Mickey went with him.”

McAleavy, Ogilvie and Weir were also absent for Vales clash with University of Stirling last Saturday, as were several of the Vale playing squad.

Club chairman Jack Diamond took charge and was also on the bench as part of a makeshift side.

Giving his take on events McAleavy told us: “There were reasons why we didn’t get back to them regarding our plans.

“I was hoping to sign 90 per cent, if not all of this season’s squad, but doing this had its problems. None of the players have received any expenses this year and were due a second payment for the season as well. This is all fact and I was hoping that this would be sorted out so that we could look ahead for the next season. This, however, did not happen and is why the committee didn’t get their answer.

“I am sorry to leave the Vale as we were a good side, but I had no real option, especially as I believe they had already appointed a new manager for next season, three weeks before I left.”

Diamond will continue as interim team boss for the away game with Edinburgh City on Saturday, while Selkirk take on Gala Fairydean Rovers at Yarrow Park. In the First Division, Hawick Royal Albert host Ormiston.