LANG SACK BOSS DOYLE
John dumped after 12 months at Somervell
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