Murphy back in charge as Halfpenny quits Albert

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MIDWAY through his second season Royal Albert manager Davie Halfpenny has resigned from his post.

And he has been replaced at the helm by Mick Murphy, who is returning for his third stint as Albert manager.

Murphy, who has also managed East of Scotland sides Selkirk and Coldstream, takes up his duties next week. And he told the Hawick News he is looking forward to bringing the glory days back to Albert Park.

He said: “The new committee is trying really hard upstairs and so I felt I’d like to give it a go and get things working again downstairs.

“I take my hat off to Davie Halfpenny and Davie Aitkin for sticking with it during a hard patch and getting players has been hard.

“But there’s enough local talent in the town and I want the team to be built with as many Hawick and Borders players as possible”

Former Albert player Halfpenny broke the news of his resignation to the club’s committee this week.

Explaining his decision to give up the managerial hot seat, Halfpenny said: “I have given the Albert manager’s job my best shot, and have tried hard.

“There have been problems though, mainly trying to attract players to play for the club, so I think it is time for a change, and have stepped down.”

However, Halfpenny has revealed that he still wishes to remain involved with the club in some capacity.

He went on: “I was an Albert player for many seasons. I am an Albert man and have a great love for the club. It hasn’t been an easy job being manager at Albert Park, but I have had a lot of good times as well.”

But highlighting that he believes the club is heading in the right direction, he added: “The committee has been strengthened a lot recently, and that is a great thing. With a stand, clubrooms and floodlights, the facilities are excellent at Albert Park, so the Albert should be a big club in the East of Scotland League.

“I would like to wish the new manager all the best, and also thank all the players that have been at the club with me.”

Speaking on behalf of the club, Albert treasurer/secretary Dougie Purves said: “Davie Halfpenny will still be involved with the club in some way. He has a great passion for the Albert, and shall be staying.”

At the moment the Albert are anchored at the bottom of the East of Scotland First Division league table, and have yet to record a win this season.