Man­age­ment changes al­ready un­der way

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

WITH the 2016 shinty sea­son com­ing to a close, there will be some high pro­file man­age­rial changes with at least three of this year’s Ma­rine Har­vest Premier­ship sides look­ing for new man­age­ment teams ahead of next sea­son.

Jones and An­der­son step down at Kin­gussie

KIN­GUSSIE have al­ready con­firmed that co-man­agers Rus­sell Jones and Davie An­der­son have stepped down.

Their last game in charge was a goal-less draw with Kyles Ath­letic at Tighnabru­aich a fort­night ago which se­cured the team a fifth place fin­ish in the league.

The high­point of Jones and An­der­son’s ten­ure came in 2014 when they beat Glenurquhart 4- 0 at the Bught Park to lift the Ca­manachd Cup.

They now feel the time is right for a new man­ager with new ideas to take the club for­ward.

Their re­place­ment will be de­cided at the club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the end of Novem­ber.

Both Rus­sell Jones and Davie

Skye Ca­manachd boss Ma­cLeod leaves post

An­der­son will con­tinue their as­so­ci­a­tion with Kin­gussie where Rus­sell is pres­i­dent and Davie is a com­mit­tee mem­ber. THERE will also be a change at Skye Ca­manachd where first team man­ager John Ma­cLeod has also de­cided to stand down.

Ma­cLeod took the helm at Skye Ca­manachd in 2014 when the team had reached a low ebb, drop­ping to shinty’s third tier.

They went on to win the Ma­rine Har­vest North Divi­sion 1 ti­tle in his first sea­son in charge be­fore go­ing on to de­feat Ma­rine Har­vest South Divi­sion 1 win­ners Bal­lachul­ish to gain pro­mo­tion.

Ma­cLeod’s side also lifted Bal­liemore Cup that sea­son, again over­com­ing Bal­lachul­ish, as well as reach­ing the Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals be­fore los­ing out to Glenurquhart.

Skye’s main ob­jec­tive in 2015 was to win pro­mo­tion from the Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Divi­sion and they did just that, only drop­ping one point in the process of clinch­ing the ti­tle, to earn top-flight sta­tus for the first time since 2002.

Skye’s first sea­son in shinty’s top divi­sion ul­ti­mately ended in rel­e­ga­tion. How­ever, the is­landers com­peted well, win­ning two and draw­ing eight of their 18 fix­tures. The mid-ta­ble was in­cred­i­bly tight with only three points sep­a­rat­ing fifth-placed Kin­gussie and ninth-placed Skye Ca­manachd.

Ma­cLeod in­formed his play­ers af­ter the de­feat to New­ton­more in their fi­nal fix­ture of the sea­son last week­end that he would be stand­ing down and he also in­formed the club’s com­mit­tee of his de­ci­sion.

Skye Ca­manachd chair­man Dou­glas MacDougall said: ‘We are dis­ap­pointed to see John go but to­tally re­spect his de­ci­sion which, in fair­ness, was al­ways based on a three-year man­age­ment plan where he in­di­cated he would step down af­ter that pe­riod.

‘The club is in­debted to John for his com­mit­ment to youth and se­nior shinty over sev­eral years and it is ob­vi­ous we have many in­di­vid­u­als through­out sev­eral teams who are bet­ter play­ers be­cause of his en­deav­ours.

‘We also have our club name on nu­mer­ous tro­phies and have had a taste of premier­ship shinty, which is a stan­dard we will re­turn to.

‘There are very few who will un­der­stand the amount of work that goes into plan­ning for a game and the amount of time taken up with calls and mes­sages.

‘The club would also like to thank John’s wife Dorothy for her pa­tience and sup­port. We wish John all the best for the fu­ture and no doubt will see him as an ea­ger and vo­cal sup­porter on the side­lines next sea­son.’

Skye Ca­manachd’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing takes place in early December.

The task of sourc­ing a new man­ager is del­e­gated to the club’s com­mit­tee though and they hope to have Ma­cLeod’s re­place­ment in post at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

All change at the Glen

GLENURQUHART be­come the third Ma­rine Har­vest Premier­ship side to be­gin the hunt for a new man­age­ment team af­ter co-man­agers Billy MacLean and Dave Men­zies ended their ten­ure at the Blair­beg club.

The duo spent three years in what was their sec­ond pe­riod in charge.

They led the club to RBS MacTav­ish Cup suc­cess in 2015 when they beat New­ton­more 3-1 in the fi­nal.

Player un­avail­abil­ity and in­juries left the team bat­tling in the lower half of the league for most of this sea­son but a late rally, tak­ing four out of their last six points, saw them climb to a cred­i­ble sixth-placed fin­ish.

With the club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing sched­uled for this week, Glenurquhart hope to make a speedy an­nounce­ment on the man­age­rial va­cancy.

Lewis Ca­manachd con­firms new man­age­ment team

LEWIS Ca­manachd man­ager Dun­can MacIn­tyre has named his man­age­ment team for the 2017 shinty sea­son.

In­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Paul Duke will cap­tain the side while Peter Gomez will be vice- cap­tain.

Ally La­mont con­tin­ues as fit­ness coach while John Macaskill will be the as­sis­tant shinty coach and first aider.

In other changes, Eoghan Ste­wart has ended his as­so­ci­a­tion with Lewis Ca­manachd af­ter 10 years in the fold while top scorer Will Church has an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

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