THERE’S no room for sentiment in East of Scotland footballing circles, writes John Slorance.
A fact that Selkirk manager Bryan Templeton found out to his cost when his team’s run of poor results led to him being axed from his post on Monday night.
A statement issued by the club said: “Bryan Templeton has from today (Tuesday) been replaced by Mike McKinnon as first team manager. The club would like to thank Bryan for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.”
Aaron Biggs will take over from McKinnon as assistant coach.
Speaking on Monday afternoon, before learning of his departure, Templeton, who took over the post from Paul Brownlee in January, admitted that things hadn’t been going well.
He told TheSouthern: “It’s been a difficult time for us lately. We haven’t been getting results and have had team problems.”
Neither Templeton or McKinnon have been available for comment since.
Former Cowdenbeath striker McKinnon may be in for a baptism of fire on Saturday when his team clash with local rivals Vale of Leithen in the South Challenge Cup at Victoria Park.
Despite the turmoil within the opposition camp, Vale are taking nothing for granted.
Secretary Alex Currie said: “We are expecting a tough game. We have been playing very well, though, and I am confident that the Vale will pick up silverware this season.”
Ryan McKenzie and Jordan Hall return to a Vale squad that also includes new signing Liam McKenna from Newtongrange Star.
Peebles Rovers entertain Gala Fairydean in a First Division match at Whitestone Park. Rovers manager Stuart Robertson said: “There is little between the two sides in the league so it should be quite a match.” Peebles welcome back Craig Edgar.
Fairydean manager Fraser Lothian will not be at the match as he is going to be watching Airdrie United, Gala’s opponents in the Scottish Cup the following week.
He told us: “We haven’t played Peebles yet this season, but they appear to be going well. Garry Fraser, who will be in charge of the Dean on Saturday, will have our boys geed up, though.”
Gala are minus Andrew Brown who is serving a one-match ban. Jack Hay returns from suspension.
Hawick Royal Albert are without the suspended Luke Cooper and Andrew Maltman for their trip to play Heriot-Watt University. Recently-appointed Hawick manager Lawrie Dunn has brought in former Bonnyrigg Rose, Tranent, Dunbar and Easthouses Lily player Graeme Chadwick as his assistant.
Kelso United travel to Prestonpans to meet league leaders Preston Athletic.
Meanwhile, Gala Fairydean Under-19s face Aberdeen in the third round of the Scottish Youth Cup at Hawick Royal Albert this Sunday.
The Dons currently sit fourth in the SPL Under-19 League and present a massive challenge for Ally McCulloch and Ross Glass’ side, who defeated Stranraer 1-0 in the second round.
McCulloch said: “I have spoken to a few coaches from Dunfermline and Hibs and they have told me what a good team Aberdeen are.
“But it will be a great experience for our side and we will enjoy the day.”
Denholm’s Jamie Collins has featured in the Aberdeen Under-19 squad this season and could feature at Albert Park, while Jack Hay, who has scored seven goals in three games in the Scottish youth and senior cup competitions, will be hoping to add to his tally.