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