Lochee Utd name Shields as gaffer
LOCHEE United have appointed George Shields as their new manager.
The former Montrose gaffer leaves North End to take up the position vacated by Steve Leahy only last week.
Lochee secretary Larry Duncan was delighted to get a new man in so quickly.
And he’s confident Shields can build a team capable of holding their own in the Super League next season.
He said: “We are very happy with the appointment.
“George is an experienced manager and he will enhance the squad we already have at Thomson Park. We are looking to progress all the time
“He will also be working with coaching staff already here.
“But whatever George feels is necessary, we shall back him — as we have done with all our managers.
“I know he has a couple of things in the pipeline and we should be able to announce them in the coming week or so.
“I’d like to thank North End for acting professionally throughout the negotiations.”
North End, meanwhile, haven’t wasted any time in filling the void left by Shields, by naming his assistant at the club, Andy Heggie, as their new boss.
And Dokens president Robert Moran is pleased to have retained some continuity in his management team as they look to put a side together capable of push for promotion in the North League.
He said: “I’m sure Andy will carry on the good work started by George.
“He will be looking to bring in an assistant on the coaching staff.
“We are sorry to lose George but we understand his reasons for leaving.
“But he goes with our best wishes and we’d like to thank him for his services over the past 12 months.”
New boss George Shields (second from right) is welcomed to Lochee United by Bill Gorrie, Lee Wilkie (coach), Graham Oldershaw and Jim Robertson.