Ray McKinnon said it was a “wrench” to leave Brechin City as he was unveiled as the new manager of Raith Rovers on Monday.
The 44-year-old has quit his Glebe Park post to sign a two-year contract with the Championship club, but he departs on good terms and with the best wishes of the Brechin board.
McKinnon said: “We built a great relationship in Brechin with the board and the fans, and we put together a really decent team.
“It’s always a wrench to leave a place where you’ve got fond memories, but in keeping with the quality of people at that club, they were delighted to see us taking a step in the right direction.”
McKinnon revealed that the chance to test his managerial credentials at a higher level was the driving force behind his decision to leave Brechin.
“It will be test and a challenge and that’s what I’m here for,” he said. “It was a no-brainer.
“It’s a great opportunity to work with full-time players and get them buying into how you want to play.”