Di­a­monds gaf­fer leaves club after poor run of form

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Air­drie are search­ing for a new man­ager after part­ing com­pany with Ste­vie Find­lay by “mu­tual con­sent”.

Find­lay leaves his role just over a year after mak­ing the step-up from un­der-20s gaf­fer to first team coach, even­tu­ally re­plac­ing Wil­lie Aitchi­son after his brief spell in charge.

He de­parts with the club sit­ting sixth in the League One ta­ble, but just two points above bot­tom side Mon­trose.

Find­lay’s fi­nal game was a 3-1 home de­feat to Brechin City on Satur­day.

Just last week, Find­lay told the Ad­ver­tiser he saw it as his job to “en­cour­age the play­ers to get back to our early sea­son form”.

How­ever, the Brechin re­sult means Air­drie’s record shows just one win in their last seven matches, and a soli­tary vic­tory at the Penny Cars sta­dium this sea­son.

Three de­feats in the last four matches have all come de­spite Air­drie hold­ing a lead in all .

Find­lay didn’t re­spond to our ef­forts to con­tact him, but a state­ment on the Di­a­monds’ web­site read: “Air­drieo­ni­ans FC have parted com­pany by mu­tual con­sent with man­ager Stephen Find­lay.

“Stephen has worked tire­lessly and has been a strong leader for the club dur­ing his ten­ure and we are very grate­ful for all his ef­forts.

“There is no doubt that we will see Stephen, An­gela and young Olivia back at the sta­dium as fans of the club and cheer­ing on the team.

“The as­sis­tant man­age­ment team will take charge of foot­ball mat­ters in the in­terim pe­riod, and the va­cancy and po­ten­tial can­di­dates will be as­sessed over the com­ing weeks.”

Club chair­man Bobby Wat­son said: “I’m sorry that it didn’t work out for Stephen. It’s dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I know he put a lot of ef­fort into the role.”

De­jected Find­lay dur­ing the Brechin match

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