Gala boss Graham: ‘I’m not going anywhere’

George Graham looks on from the top of the stairs in the second half
George Graham looks on from the top of the stairs in the second half

Gala boss George Graham said he was staying put this week, in reply to rumours that he was about to quit.

The former Scotland player has watched his charges fall from top of the table to second bottom this season, a far cry from the previous two years which saw the Maroons fight for the title.

And following last week’s defeat at the hands of Selkirk (see page 79) there were calls on social media for Graham to stand down, and a rumour began that he was about to do just that.

But speaking to The Southern yesterday, Graham said: “I’m going nowhere. The club is standing by me and I’ve talked to the players and they are standing by me.

“I don’t think for one minute that the club is happy with the way things are going, but I have a contract to fulfil and I plan on fulfilling it.”

The Netherdale men have been plagued with injuries to key players this season, but Graham believes there’s light at the end of that tunnel.

He said: “We have several players that are close to making a return, including Craig Borthwick, Rex Jeffrey and Gary Robertson.”

The club’s president Graham Low was quick to stand by his coach.

He said: “The club has every confidence in George and we are confident we will get us out of this hole.

“If you look at the table, it’s still in our hands. From the top four teams, we have beaten one, drawn with one and should have beaten the other two, so we are not that far away.”

The Maroons face Hawick this Saturday at Mansfield Park, and while Gala will be fairly confident after having beaten the Greens twice this year, they know that their opponents will be on a high after beating Melrose last week.

And if Gala were to start moving back up the table, it’s quite possible Selkirk will be nipping at their heels.

They are taking on Stirling County on Saturday at Philiphaugh.

Souters coach Peter Wright said: “Stirling did give us a bit of a pumping in the second game of the season, but we have been playing well and our guys have self-belief and they showed that last week.”

Melrose will be looking to bounce back from their loss last week by travelling to Glasgow Hawks.