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28 Nov 2013 17:07:58

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Colin Cameron is out at Cowdenbeath but 'Mickey' made his mark.

Colin Cameron leaves the hot-seat at Cowdenbeath FC after being appointed in June 2011 but the ex-Hearts, Wolves and Scotland player remains in an elite group of post war managers at the Fife club.

Colin Cameron (c) Ger Harley | SportPix.org.uk

Andy Matthew, John Brownlie, Gary Kirk, Mixu Paatelinen and Danny Lennon are the only other managers to get the Central Park club promoted since hostilities ceased in 1945 and Bill Hodge's promotion season of 1938/9 was declared null and void by the Scottish League. Division 2 Champions Cowden and runners-up Alloa were dumped back in the bottom tier of Scottish football after each playing six games in the top flight in season 1939/40 which was promptly abandoned at the outbreak of WW II in September 1939.Cameron, who took Cowden to the Div 2 title in his first season in charge, recieved good will from Cowden board and fans alike on social media after his contract was terminated by mutual consent on Tuesday night at a board meeting but one can't help wondering if Alan Moore's departure from bottom Championship side Morton the previous night hastened Cameron's departure. This is one of the few occasions in Scottish football history where Central Park might seem like a better option than Cappielow.John Hughes, Kenny Shiels and even ex-Cowden boss Jimmy Nicholl must surely now be in the frame for a job that is not the most glamourous in Scotland but attracted some weel kent names even before Cowdenbeath found their best League position since the 1920's in the Scottish Championship.Lisbon Lion John Clark, Hibs legends Pat Stanton,John Brownlie and Keith Wright plus Hibs and Liverpool favourite Peter Cormack (if only for 10 days) have all tried their hand at guiding the Blue Brazil. Before Scotland called Craig Levein had a spell managing the club that sold him to Hearts in 1983 while Mixu also went onto international management in Finland after his managerial baptism of fire and an unqualified one season of success at 'Beath in 2005/6.Indeed Jock Stein was sounded out as a potential Cowdenbeath manager in the late 1950's but he decided to wait until their more illustrious local rivals Dunfermline Athletic came calling, the rest, as they say, is history.Colin Cameron's asssistant Lee Makel takes charge of a full strength Cowden side for tonight's Fife Cup tie at East Fife (Thur 28th Nov) and with both teams not playing in Scottish Cup or Scottish League on Saturday this local encounter will have an extra edge.Meanwhile, the CV's will be coming in thick and fast to Central Park. A shortlist is likely to be drawn up after the weekend before somebody gets the job of saving The Blue Brazil from the drop by either an improved league placing above their current spot of 9th or more  probably by the play-offs.Even this early in the campaign a Kingdom derby to see who moves up to the Championship in summer 2014 looks likely with Dunfermline second top of League One and Cowden looking unlikely to escape the bottom two of the Championship. Many Blue Brazilians would currently settle for a two-legged encounter with their oldest rivals in May to see who gets the central Fife bragging rights next season.The managerial merry-go-round continues to turn.

Source: ScottishFitba


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