New face at City

Unveiled: Brechin City FC Chairman Ken Ferguson (left) welcomes new manager, Ray McKinnon to the club.'Picture by Derek Watt

Unveiled: Brechin City FC Chairman Ken Ferguson (left) welcomes new manager, Ray McKinnon to the club.'Picture by Derek Watt

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Brechin City unveiled Ray McKinnon as their new manager last Tuesday.

Mr McKinnon is joined at the club by Grant Johnson, a former City player and coach.

Chairman Ken Ferguson said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Ray McKinnon to Glebe Park as our new manager. At the same time we also wish to welcome back Grant Johnson to the club who will be helping with first team coaching duties.”

Mr McKinnon said: “I am delighted to be the new manager at Brechin City. I have heard nothing but good reports about [the club] and I will give 100 per cent effort to the job.” (For more turn to page 22).

Previous manager Jim Weir left the club following four straight defeats. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Ferguson thanked Mr Weir, Kevin McGowne, Andy Millen and George Browning for their work, and thanked Mr Millen and Mr McGowne for acting as caretakers.

Mr Ferguson urged fans this week to pull together and get behind City for what’s proving to be a tough season.

Speaking on the new appointments, he said: “We would ask our fans to give the coaches a warm Brechin welcome; there is a lot of hard work to be done to try and recover our league position in the face of strong opposition. It is crucially important that every City supporter gets along to Glebe Park from now right through the season.”

City have three consecutive home games, including a Scottish Cup tie, and the club has called on fans to make the most of a number of initiatives, to show their support for the club.

The financial climate is a concern to those at the club who deal with the books.

Commenting on it, treasurer Martin Smith said: “We’ve yet to see the full financial impact of the unprecedented circumstances of Rangers competing in the lower leagues. We have an aging stadium which costs money to maintain, and there’s often an appetite to invest in the nice-to-haves, as much as the essentials. For example, we have a project underway at present to upgrade our website, but it requires significant investment – so like other things it has to compete for financial priority.”

Grant Hood, who is responsible for sponsorship and hospitality, said: “The club genuinely appreciates every financial contribution made by the numerous businesses and individuals who do so, particularly the hard-core who have supported the club for many years. Our hospitality offerings have a broader range than ever, with added creativity to the pricing structures as a direct result of, quite simply, listening to what supporters want.”

Any potential enquiries for hospitality, sponsorship or brand advertising should be directed to the commercial line, 07817 910548, or via e-mail to ghood@brechincityfc.com .