Royalists search for new boss

Mick Murphy
Mick Murphy

HAWICK Royal Albert have revealed there are some “very good candidates” being looked at to replace former manager Mick Murphy.

And in a statement this week they said they are confident someone will be in place as soon as possible.

A club spokesman said: “There are a couple of very good candidates we’re looking at and we hope to be in a position to make an announcement about a new manager soon.” It is understood one of the names enquired about was former Dunfermline and Livingston player David Bingham, who has recently parted company with Tynecastle, although it is believed his wages would prove a stumbling block.

Murphy tendered his resignation after Saturday’s 10-0 defeat to Duns which saw them crash out of the South Challenge Cup. The Albert had also made early exits from the Scottish Cup, losing 8-1 to Gala Fairydean and a 12-3 scoreline against Edinburgh City saw them fail to make any progress in the Image Printers Cup.

Their league record also makes grim reading – played five, lost four and drawn one, scoring four and conceding 15.

Murphy told the Hawick News: “I’m gutted. The new committee has really turned the club around upstairs without a doubt, but I’ve failed downstairs for two or three different reasons, it’s as simple as that.”

The 53-year-old took over from Davie Halfpenny towards the end of last season and drew his first game in charge against Ormiston. He was also able to entice several of the town’s top Border Amateur players down to Albert Park. But results have failed to improve leading Murphy to call it a day.

He said: “I don’t think the boys realise when you make the step up then you have to train every week, even if you’ve got a sniffle or a cold. I didn’t miss one single training night or Saturday since I started and I’ve got two knackered hips.

“You need the commitment and for a lot of the boys it just wasn’t there.

“We needed all our 15 boys and when they were there, there were signs of us being a really good side.

“People will think I’ve just walked away and taken the easy option, but it’s not that at all, it’s just the road in front wasn’t going to get any better.

“To begin with the training was good, but to turn it around we needed an early victory. We didn’t get that and unfortunately the commitment hasn’t been what it should have been.”

Murphy’s assistant, Stuart Sharkey, has also left the club.

Malcolm Cooper and Davie Aitkin will take charge of team affairs for tomorrow’s game at Ormiston.