City part ways with Jim Weir

JIm Weir - looking for City to get the season up and running with a home win over Airdrie United this Saturday. 'Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin.
JIm Weir - looking for City to get the season up and running with a home win over Airdrie United this Saturday. 'Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin.

fOLLOWING Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Ayr United, the Brechin City management committee announced that they had “parted ways” with manager Jim Weir.

In a statement on the club’s website, chairman Ken Ferguson said: “Football is a results driven game and after a string of poor results the club has parted company with manager Jim Weir. We will now look to engage a new manager to take the club forward.

“We wish to thank Jim for the good times we have enjoyed over the past two and a bit seasons and extend our best wishes to Jim for the future.

“In what will undoubtedly be a difficult season we look to lift the squad to face the challenges that lie ahead.”

Weir, who joined the club from Arbroath in May 2010, had a successful first season in charge. The club reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup, losing in a replay to St Johnstone. In that same season, Brechin City reached the play off final, losing to Ayr United.

Last season, however, was not as successful with the club ending the season in eighth position.

Despite a positive start to this season, Brechin City went in to the Ayr game having lost their last three league matches, and it was ultimately this that cost Weir his job.

Speaking to the Brechin Advertiser on Monday, chairman Ken Ferguson described the parting of ways as “a very amicable situation.”

On the decision he said: “As I said in my earlier statement, football is obviously all about results and we have had poor result from four games where we have not picked up any points.

“We don’t want to get detached in league so the decision had to be made to move on.”

Brechin City are set to travel to local rivals Arbroath on Saturday, before having a free week for the international break.

The club has confirmed that assistant manager Kevin McGowne and coach Andy Millen would take on caretaker roles, while the club look for a replacement for Weir.

Mr Ferguson commented: “It helps to have the break after the weekend.

“We are very grateful to Andy [Millen] and Kevin [McGowne] who are going to look after team affairs. They are going to take training and prepare for the Arbroath game.

“It helps to have the break and it maybe gives us a bit of time to just focus on the matters at the club and get ourselves properly prepared for the future.”