Hawick Waverley are set to kick off the New Year under the recently appointed managerial team of Neal McConnell and Alan Campbell.
The pair have been stand-in bosses for the Wilton Lodge Park side since October following the resignation of the then manager Paul Brownlee.
And with the New Year approaching, Waverley will be hoping that 2015 will bring about better fortunes. They are deep down in the lower half of the Border Amateur ‘A’ Division League and have made early exits from the cup competitions they have been involved in.
When you look at the high-quality players in their squad, it is baffling to take in how their season has gone so wrong.
McConnell, who is now in charge of Waverley with Campbell his assistant, told the Hawick News: “Alan Campbell and myself have been helping out with the team since Paul Brownlee left. There has been a bit of uncertainty about who was going to be the next Waverley manager for a while, though, which doesn’t really help things. I decided to put my name forward to the committee for the job and I’m pleased to say I have been given it.
“Alan is going to be my second man and I’m very pleased about this as well. The response we’ve had from the players has been great and it feels as though it’s going to be the start of a new season, never mind a new year.”
Experienced campaigner McConnell, a former Hawick Legion and Hawick Royal Albert defender before joining Waverley, added: “Results might not have been good but there is no gloom or doom in the side. Had we got the breaks, there have been games we could well have won. But when you are struggling, the breaks just don’t seem to go your way.
“Now that I’m the manager I can start putting my own stamp on things and there will be changes made in some ways. Football is a simple game. It doesn’t need to be complicated, it’s all about the basics. My main aim is to improve our league position and I’m sure this can be done. We’re still in two cups so it would be nice to get a little cup run together as well.”
Behind the scenes, McConnell feels that Waverley are right on track.
“Bruce Hughes takes the training and he is second to none. He puts a lot of hard work and thought into everything and does a brilliant job.
“We also have an excellent committee and I know that I’ll get plenty of help from them and I’m looking forward to the challenge of being Waverley manager for the rest of the season.”