Caldwell takes reins at Rovers

Alec Caldwell
Alec Caldwell

Hawick Legion Rovers have announced a managerial reshuffle that sees Alec Caldwell taking over as team boss for the coming campaign.

Caldwell was Darren McElrath’s assistant manager last season when Rovers clinched third spot in the Border Amateur ‘C’ Division, and McElrath, who was recently appointed chairman of Hawick Legion, now swaps roles and becomes assistant manager and will be joined in the dugout by fresh face Alan Morrison.

Caldwell, who was involved in the Hawick Youth football set-up before beginning his stint at Rovers, said: “The Rovers had their best season for years last season. And one of the main reasons for this was that there were a lot of young players brought into the team.

“Bringing in young players was an avenue that I thought Rovers should take and it has certainly worked.

“I knew all of these players as I had helped coach them [at Hawick Youth level]. And I thought they were good enough to do a job for Rovers.”

Caldwell continued: “We were the surprise team in the league last season. Nobody expected us to do so well. And hopefully we can maintain the same high level this season.

“We’ve brought another three young players into the squad – Ryan Luke, Kieran Manners and Barney Douglas. And they’re all good, promising laddies.

Alluding to the feelgood factor sweeping the club, Caldwell added: “Pre-season training has been going well and the whole club is