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Strathspey Thistle appoint Robert MacCormack as new boss

By Tom Ramage

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Robert MacCormack has been named new Jags manager. Photo: Stewart Grant.
Robert MacCormack has been named new Jags manager. Photo: Stewart Grant.

Robert MacCormack has been appointed as the new manager of Strathspey Thistle and said: "I can't wait to get started".

He will do so on Saturday when the Grantown side host Huntly in the Highland League

MacCormack was only appointed assistant manager last week.

But the 32-year-old has been offered the manager’s job after impressing over the past couple of weeks at Seafield Park.

The new boss, who replaces Brian Ritchie who has been caretaker boss, told the Strathy that he is raring to go.

He said: "It's a mighty challenge, I know, but I have a lot of faith in our young players who clearly have so much to offer.

"It's now really a question of getting a couple of older players, more seasoned heads, into the squad to balance things up again.

"All being well we'll find just the right people to do that.

"It's going to be tough but a fascinating challenge.

"I can't wait."

Club chairman Donly McLeod."The club have recognised Robert’s potential as manager, and have made the decision to give him the job.

"His first game in charge will be Saturday’s home match against Huntly and he will continue liaising with Strathspey Thistle’s Head of Football Development, Brian Ritchie.

"It's a partnership which will benefit the club tremendously.

"Robert will now also be able to start preparing for next season and take in or release players as he sees fit, and have a basis of a squad ready for a good pre-season and, hopefully, a more successful Highland League campaign for the 23/24 season.

"Strathspey Thistle are delighted that Robert has accepted the role and look forward to a very positive working relationship for the future."

MacCormack left his post as first team boss of North Caledonian League side Alness United a fortnight ago – ending two and a half years with the club.

His highlights with the Easter Ross side include winning the Ness Cup in 2021, and working closely with the club's youth academy to develop graduates from their under-18 set up.

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