Talks to continue over new coach at Mansfield

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HAWICK president Alister Pow has revealed the club is “some way” from appointing a new coach.

The Greens have been in the hands of interim coaches Rocky Johnstone and Jim Renwick since the resignation of Derek Armstrong in September.

Pow told the Hawick News that they had received a number of applications and had narrowed it down to a choice of two.

He said: “I am meeting with the sub group on Thursday night to proceed with our talks on a new coach for Hawick.

“We currently have two candidates and have spoken to one of them. We hope to speak to the other applicant next week.

“In total we had seven in for the job but we are some way from appointing anyone.”

Meetings have been held with the players and coaches to keep them updated on the situation, while Pow said Greens legend Renwick was “here to help Hawick for the foreseeable future”.

Meanwhile, after last weekend’s narrow defeat to Ayr, Johnstone is calling for more of the same from his battered and bruised squad of players.

The Greens came within a whisker of recording their first win of the season with a promising performance against Ayr at Millbrae.

Johnstone said: “We still made mistakes that we need to iron out but the big positive was that we started playing as a team rather than as individuals.” Fellow strugglers Glasgow Hawks are the visitors to Mansfield Park tomorrow and, while the battle for a top eight spot was conceded some time ago, Johnstone isn’t underestimating the value of signing off the first half of the season on a winning note.

He said: “They’re in the same boat as us. I think they’ve won one and drawn one.

“Their results are just as poor as ours, but we’ve had one really bad result against Currie, but apart from that we’ve been there or thereabouts.

“It’ll be an interesting battle of the bottom and it will be good to see where we stand.

“To finish this part of Premier One with a win would give the boys a lot of confidence, then we’re into a whole lot of Border League games.

“That’s when the rebuilding work will take place, where we’ll work on our strength and fitness so when it comes to January and the league resumes, we’ll be ready to hit the ground running.”

n Local raconteur Ian Landles will be speaking at a special lunch at Mansfield Park next Friday, when diners will hear all about his recent trip to New Zealand for the World Cup.

Although much of it was serialised in the Hawick News, he joked: “These are the bits that they couldn’t print.”

The lunch starts at 12.30pm and tickets, priced £25, are available from the club. The price includes a two-course meal with a cheese board, wine and a bottle of port on the table.