GRAEME Chadwick has been sacked as Hawick Royal Albert’s assistant manager.
The Royalists’ number two had tendered his resignation after the Scottish Cup defeat to Golspie Sutherland, but made a dramatic u-turn and decided to stick with the club.
However, manager Lawrie Dunn took the matter out of his hands after Saturday’s loss to Craigroyston.
Dunn, who brought Chadwick to Albert Park when he was appointed boss almost a year ago, told the Hawick News this week: “After serious consideration Graeme has been let go by the club. It wasn’t down to his ability to do the job, but because our relationship as manager and assistant had broken down.
There is no immediate replacement for Chadwick, who was at the club for ten months, although an experienced coach is expected to be appointed over the next week or two.
Former Easthouses Lily player Chadwick admitted the news came as a complete surprise.
He said: “I was shocked to get a phone call from Lawrie telling me I was finished with the club.
“No reason was actually given. We have been having our differences. I wasn’t happy with some issues at training and I wasn’t getting a say in team selection.
“And I also felt Lawrie should quit playing. Being a manager in East of Scotland League football is a difficult job at the best of times and when you’re Lawrie’s age it’s even harder.
“I felt he should be concentrating on management more and watching games from the sidelines.”
It is understood Dunn has now retired from playing and he wasn’t part of the Albert squad last Saturday against Craigroyston.
“I have the utmost respect for the Albert players and the Hawick committee, who do a great job,” said Chadwick.
“Hawick are a good club and it’s disappointing not to be a part of that now.”
Royalists chairman Graeme Paxton hopes that the matter can now be put to bed.
He told the Hawick News yesterday: “Lawrie and Graeme haven’t been hitting it off and have been pulling in completely different directions.
“As manager, Lawrie has decided that Graeme should go.
“Lawrie is in full charge of team matters and the backroom staff.”