LAWRIE Dunn is the new manager of Hawick Royal Albert.
The 38-year-old has taken over from Mick Murphy, who resigned last week. And after leading his first two training sessions he’s all set to make his home debut tonight as Royalists take on Duns.
He told the Hawick News: “I’m absolutely delighted. I’m over the moon. I can’t thank the committee enough for the faith they’ve shown in me and for the opportunity they’ve given me.”
A former player for Pumpherston Juniors, Easthouses Lily, Gala Fairydean, Kelso United, Tranent Juniors and Haddington Athletic, Dunn was sacked as Coldstream manager after just eight games earlier in the season.
However, the powerful central defender went on to take charge of Border Amateur side Pencaitland and led them to the top of the ‘A’ Division and semi-final of the Border Cup, before making the switch to Albert Park.
And he is under no illusions as to the task ahead, with Royalists languishing second bottom of the East of Scotland First Division.
But it is one he is relishing. He said: “It was the lure of the job and a lot of other reasons that brought me to Albert Park. First of all the stature of Hawick Royal Albert and the fact that the committee is looking to put the club in the right direction.
“And in the summer, for the first time, Hawick attracted most of the best players in the town. There are also boys down there I know from my time playing in the Borders.
“It was too big an opportunity not to go for. I know it’s a massive job but I believe it’s also a good job.”
Although Murphy had attracted a talented crop of Border Amateur players during his time at the helm, a few have since returned to their respective sides. But Dunn, who had a spell coaching at Pumpherston, is looking at getting the best out of the local boys, while he is also hoping to supplement the squad with players from outwith the town.
However, he stressed it would always remain a Hawick side.
He added: “Although I’m only 38 I think I’ve got a lot to offer these boys through my experience of this league.
“All I’m looking for is the same commitment from them that I’ll be putting in.
“If we can get 100 per cent Hawick boys then that’s what the club wants and that’s what the town wants. And if we can bring in two or three boys to benefit the squad then so be it.
“But under no circumstances are there going to be any drastic changes. This is not going to be an Edinburgh or a Borders team.”
Dunn was appointed after an interview on Monday night. And a spokesman for the club said they believe they have the right man for the job.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have got our man. It has only taken a week, but as soon as Lawrie appeared on our radar we knew that we were dealing with an outstanding individual who commands instant respect.
“Lawrie is an ambitious and dedicated professional with extremely high standards for himself and those around him, and he shares the committee’s determination to give Hawick a club to be proud of.”
Dunn is hoping to bring in James Talyor, from Coldstream, as his assistant, although it is understood there have been some complications. Coaches Malcolm Cooper and David Aitkin will be staying at the club