Lochee Utd name Shields as gaffer

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today - BY GRAEME FINNAN

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.

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