JU­NIORS

Evening Times - - RACING -

JIM O’DON­NELL

MARTIN Lauch­lan’s man­age­rial ca­reer has been noth­ing short of a roller coaster in the four years that have passed since he had the foot­ball world at his feet with Se­nior clubs re­put­edly clam­our­ing for his ser­vices.

Lit­tle won­der see­ing as he had steered Low­land League out­fit East Kil­bride to a world record 27 vic­to­ries on the spin for which recog­ni­tion in the shape of 27 crates of beer came from for­mer Nether­lands and Manch­ester United goal­keeper Ed­win van der Sar who had played for the pre­vi­ous 26-game record with Ajax back in the 1990s.

How­ever, tak­ing up the reins of Strath­clyde Univer­sity saw the 39-year-old drop out of the lime­light and one could hardly de­scribe his ca­reer be­ing on an up­ward spi­ral af­ter his ap­point­ment to the helm of Cham­pi­onship bot­tom mark­ers Peter­shill ear­lier this sea­son.

But there’s been a marked im­prove­ment in per­for­mances as well as the fa­mous old Spring­burn club’s re­sults.

So what’s the se­cret of his Mi­das touch?

“In­still­ing a hard work ethic and or­gan­i­sa­tion along with get­ting play­ers to buy into our meth­ods,” in­sisted the Peasy gaffer last night as he took time out from prepar­ing to host Cham­pi­onship ti­tle chal­lengers Cum­ber­nauld United.

“Against Neil­ston, we had two play­ers sus­pended, Fabio

Ca­puano and Michael Hardie, as well as Roddy Pat­ter­son out yet we won the game con­vinc­ingly. We don’t fear go­ing up against any team.”

On the trans­fer front, one hears of Darvel boss Mick Kennedy pro­vid­ing for­ward line cover with the al­leged cap­ture of Queen’s Park striker Joseph Man­del­son while Cum­nock hav­ing snapped up Kil­birnie Lade­side goal­keeper Kieron Hughes were not quite so suc­cess­ful af­ter declar­ing in­ter­est in Beith winger Joe Bradley.

Peasy boss Martin Lauch­lan

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