Ge­orge leaves Lang

Coach left gut­ted by gaffer’s de­ci­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang Rangers have parted com­pany with coach Ge­orge Fother­ing­ham fol­low­ing dis­agree­ments with mem­bers of the man­age­ment staff, the Re­former un­der­stands.

Man­ager Paul McColl and his re­main­ing two as­sis­tants Billy Camp­bell and Jim Kerr ap­par­ently made the de­ci­sion to re­lieve their col­league of his du­ties be­fore in­form­ing him last week.

Fother­ing­ham, an ex-youth coach at Ruther­glen Glen­cairn, spent last sea­son at The Lang and in that time helped the club to pro­mo­tion and a league ti­tle be­fore de­part­ing Somervell on Tues­day, July 25.

The de­ci­sion is be­lieved to have up­set sev­eral of The Lang play­ers but the club say none have asked to leave. Play­ers and for­mer play­ers are among the many in the foot­balling com­mu­nity to send their best wishes to Fother­ing­ham.

Lang gaffer McColl in­sists the 36-yearold was not sacked – but Fother­ing­ham (right) told the Re­former he did not want to leave the club.

He said: “I am gut­ted to be leav­ing. I thought I could help take this club forward but the de­ci­sion has been taken out of my hands. I wish Cam­bus­lang Rangers all the best go­ing forward.

“I have a few things lined up but I am not mak­ing any de­ci­sions yet. I will be back.”

A meet­ing with the play­ers was held by McColl ahead of their friendly with Dun­don­ald Bluebell on Satur­day to con­firm the club’s part­ing with Fother­ing­ham.

McColl in­sists he and Fother­ing­ham, a for­mer Stonelaw High School pupil, re­main friends and was dis­ap­pointed in the cir­cum­stances.

The gaffer how­ever reck­ons the team need to look forward and fo­cus on the games ahead. He said: “I’d like to say good luck to him. He’s mov­ing on, he’s a good coach who has done re­ally well for us.

“Ev­ery­one at the club wishes him well. I’m sure he will be back in foot­ball soon enough.

“We’re all dis­ap­pointed with the sit­u­a­tion but you have to move on, that’s foot­ball.”

Cam­bus­lang Rangers chair­man, Billy Miller added: “On be­half of Cam­bus­lang Rangers we are re­ally sad to see Ge­orge go and we wish him all the best for the fu­ture.”

Happy days Ge­orge Fother­ing­ham (far right) with other coach­ing staff after clinch­ing the Cen­tral District First Di­vi­sion

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