McKe­own stays at Cum­nock

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers are openly ad­ver­tis­ing for a new manager af­ter their top tar­get opted to stay put.

The Re­former un­der­stands that the Somervell Park club, who sacked John Doyle last Mon­day night af­ter a year in charge, ap­proached Cum­nock with a view to speak­ing to their manager John McKe­own.

How­ever, a source said that McKe­own was flat­tered to be con­sid­ered for the po­si­tion, but hav­ing only taken over at the Ayr­shire side last au­tumn, still has a job to fin­ish there.

The for­mer Wishaw boss has a tremen­dous rep­u­ta­tion af­ter be­com­ing their manager in 2011, and then guiding the club to their first pro­mo­tion in 38 years in 2014.

Hav­ing worked on a shoe­string to turn the side around, Su­per League Cum­nock turned to him last Oc­to­ber to re­vive their for­tunes.

Ruther­glen man John, who re­tired as a player at 27 due to in­jury, de­buted for Ayr United in 2000. He also played for Ip­swich Town as a teenager and turned out for Dum­bar­ton, Cowdenbeath and Sten­house­muir dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer.

Now living in Cam­bus­lang, he had his first op­por­tu­nity as a boss as player-coach of Wishaw Ju­niors in 2011 and was ap­pointed manager of the club in Oc­to­ber that year.

The Lang had hoped that the re­duced jour­ney time might ap­peal to their tar­get, who is as­sisted at Cum­nock by for­mer Lang coach Paul McColl.

Speak­ing af­ter his ap­point­ment last year, John said: “Cum­nock Ju­niors are a mas­sive club with a re­ally pas­sion­ate sup­port.

“I know that from my time as a player there and their rep­u­ta­tion within the game speaks for it­self.”

Now, the Lang are look­ing fur­ther afield, by ad­ver­tis­ing their man­age­rial va­cancy.

A club state­ment said: “Cam­bus­lang Rangers Foot­ball Club in­vites ap­pli­ca­tions for the va­cant post of manager. In­ter­ested par­ties should sub­mit CV along with a cov­er­ing let­ter, by email to cam­bus­lan­grangers@”

The closing date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Fri­day, May 15, with in­ter­views be­ing held on Satur­day, May 23.

The Lang axed John Doyle last week af­ter fail­ing to win them pro­mo­tion back to the Cen­tral League first di­vi­sion at the first time of ask­ing, fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion at the end of the cam­paign two years ago.

Last week, for­mer Lang boss Alan Ward­law said he could see the benefits in go­ing for both an ex­pe­ri­enced manager, as well as an en­thu­si­as­tic un­tried boss.

The Lang had high hopes with Doyle and for­mer coman­ager Paddy Flan­nery, who had been un­tried as man­agers in their own right, but a hor­ren­dous in­jury list didn’t help them in their sea­son at Somervell.

Tar­get Cam­bus­lang Rangers man­age­rial tar­get John McKe­own, with as­sis­tant Paul McColl, a for­mer Lang coach

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