John dumped af­ter 12 months at Somervell

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers are look­ing for a new manager af­ter sacking John Doyle at their AGM on Mon­day night.

John, who was ap­pointed as coman­ager with Paddy Flan­nery a year ago, told the Re­former he was frus­trated by the de­ci­sion, wish­ing it had been made three weeks ago, af­ter the fi­nal league game of the sea­son.

John had been in sole charge since Paddy’s res­ig­na­tion last month, which saw him take the side for their last two games of the sea­son.

Lang chair­man Billy Miller said: “At the club’s AGM, it was de­cided not to con­tinue with the ser­vices of John Doyle as manager.

“On be­half of the club, I would lke to thank both John and goal­keep­ing coach John McNeil for all their hard work and ef­forts dur­ing the sea­son.

“I wish them both well in the fu­ture.”

He con­firmed the Lang are in talks with an­other club to seek per­mis­sion to speak to their manager. The Re­former un­der­stands it is Cum­nock boss John McKe­own.

Speak­ing to the Re­former yes­ter­day (Tues­day), John said: “I was told be­fore the New­mains game by some peo­ple at the club I would be go­ing af­ter the game. Then I was told I would be al­lowed to stay on to the AGM and put my case for­ward - and now I’ve been dumped. It’s not a very pro­fes­sional way of do­ing things.

“Af­ter the New­mains game, I got my­self to­gether and have been work­ing over the last three weeks to get the mak­ings of a new man­age­ment team in place, and I’d been speak­ing with a few play­ers who were in­ter­ested in com­ing here.

“We’d shaken hands on it, but ob­vi­ously it’s not go­ing to hap­pen now. It’s a shame, as they were ex-- ju­niors play­ers who have gone to play Satur­day morn­ing foot­ball, but were keen on mak­ing the step back up again.

“I heard the club were talk­ing to some­one else about com­ing in, even though I was still be­ing given the chance to speak at the AGM, which isn’t a very pro­fes­sional way of do­ing things.

“Of course I’m dis­ap­pointed about what’s hap­pened, but I just need to get on with it.

“I wish them all the best for the fu­ture.”

John pointed out that over the course of the sea­son, due to in­juries he had been un­able to field the same side for two games in a row, and the side used a to­tal of 37 play­ers.

He also pointed out that the squad had play­ers out in­jured for a to­tal of 97 weeks be­tween them.

John con­tin­ued: “The in­juries were the most frus­trat­ing part of it. We started the sea­son re­ally well, and just couldn’t sus­tain it as the in­juries took their toll.

“Peo­ple thought we’d spent a lot of money last year bring­ing in big name play­ers with Su­per League ex­pe­ri­ence, but when you look at it, most of them had left be­fore Christ­mas.”

Look­ing to the fu­ture, John said: “I’d like to get back into foot­ball, but when peo­ple look at the re­sults and the way things have gone this sea­son, it may not be as a manager. I’m open to of­fers - I’d be in­ter­ested in go­ing in some­where as a coach or as­sis­tant manager.”

Axed The Lang have dumped John Doyle af­ter 12 months

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