Bidding to bounce back after difficult season

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DESPITE what has been a difficult season for Brechin City Football Club members of the management committee remain determined to continue the hard work in the bid to have the reds compete at the top end of the part-time game in Scotland.

It is no secret that there is some unrest amongst supporters (see letter on page 21), fuelled by a season that saw City knocked out early in cup competition and eventually finish just above the relegation zone in the Scottish second division.

Fans have also been quick to voice, through social media sites, their disappointment that club favourite Charlie King has departed the Glebe Park scene.

In a statement posted on the Brechin City Football Club website, members of the management committee accepted that it had been a “very difficult season”.

“Having been installed as pre-season title favourites it is understandable that everyone feels we have performed well below what was expected of us,” continued the statement.

“Each team in the league was capable of beating one another and sadly the high expectations were not fulfilled.

“Of course the end of a season closes a chapter in the club’s history.

“However, no new contracts have been negotiated and, after much analysis and considered discussion, it is the committee’s view that we continue the rolling contract to work with our management team of Jim Weir and Kevin McGowne to improve the squad to build again for the new season.

“All concerned are under no illusions that football is a performance driven game and that improvement is required immediately if we are to maintain our ambitions to compete at the top end of the part time game in Scotland.

“It is inevitable that personnel will come and go when change is required.

“The hardest decision a manager has to make is to let players go, especially when a player such as Charlie King has given such excellent service to the club for the past 11 years.

“We are all extremely grateful to Charlie for his dedication to Brechin City, for all the support he has provided to local community groups and basically to everyone who knew him.

“The club wishes to thank all of the players who now move on with our best wishes.

“Our thanks also go to the players loaned from Kilmarnock and Partick Thistle respectively, Rory Mackenzie and Johnny Lindsay, and we wish them good luck with their future careers.

“Emotions inevitably run high at times like these. However, we ask for cool heads reflecting on the whole picture.

“The re-building process has already started for next season with the nucleus of a strong squad taking shape.

“To all of our supporters, and as fans ourselves, we assure you that we shall do all we can to ensure we are competing at the right end of the table next term.”

The rebuilding process has already started at the Glebe, with Derek Carcary, Craig Nelson, Paul McLean, Gary Fusco, David McKenna, Craig Molloy, Gerry McLaughlan and Bryan Hodge all agreeing terms for the season ahead.

Meanwhile, the relegation and promotion play-offs continue, with Arbroath failing to get past Dumbarton in their bid to make it into division one.

That will mean derby matches against the Lichties and Forfar Athletic to look forward to next season - with the full shape of division two set to be decided in the course of the week ahead.