Velvet Glove After Iron Fist

12 July 2012 07:00
The start of a new season is hard enough without having to look for a new manager as well

Stenhousemuir players will have to get used to being encouraged on the training field and on match days by assistant manager Kevin McGoldrick now that David Irons resigned earlier this week. Irons left the Ochilview post after 18 months on Tuesday night after a 3-1 defeat from Hamilton Accies in a friendly. The reason announced was due to work commitments and his decision has left the Warriors shattered. The players will be in tonight for training and McGoldrick expects some to be still down after hearing the news. McGoldrick said: "The players were devastated when they heard the news after the Hamilton game as this club has turned around a lot during his time here. We were bottom of the League when he started and just missed out on a Play-Off place last season after rebuilding the squad. I was devastated as well as I really enjoyed working with him and learned a lot that I can put to use in the rest of my career." McGoldrick will be helped by former Motherwell and Falkirk defender Martyn Corrigan to get the Stenhousemuir players ready for for Saturday’s friendly against Stirling Albion. The search goes on for a new manager while the plaleysr get on with preparations for the new season. McGoldrick said: "Martyn and I have taken training quite a few times in the past as David has not been available so it will not be a total shock to the players. The Stirling game will have a wee bit of extra spice as it is a local derby and it will help the players prepare for the big kick off against Stranraer in the Ramsdens Cup on July 24."