New Tunny Boss: “I Couldn’t Say No.”

Scottish Amateur Football News Exclusive

Joe Doyle has revealed the prospect of becoming the new Tannochside United Manager was too good an opportunity to turn down – once he had received a surprise approach from their committee. The Cutting- Edge Engravers Championship C Lanarkshire club made their move on Monday with a telephone call after previous boss Jamie McNee left to join the backroom staff at Brechin City.

Today Joe revealed. “My brother said somebody from the club had texted him to ask for my number, but it was still a shock when they called, and we spoke about several things. I went away and asked various people about the set-up and decided to become manager.”

“Players there will have heard about me or know some of my family. What came across for me is they are as keen as muster – an unbelievable bunch of guys. I have been told the turn out at training is excellent.”

Doyle, well known as a player at Larkhall Thistle, Lesmahagow Juniors and Vale of Clyde, has already dealt with one very important job – retaining coaches Ross Turpie and Ryan Smith, who previously worked with Jamie McNee.

Joe admitted “They are both enthusiastic and wanted to be involved, which was important to me. The other good thing is they don’t play anymore. They are only interested in coaching and games.”

“I played Saturday Morning football with Whitefield Rovers up to four years ago. We won cups and League championships. Together with Blochairn Star and Tynecastle AFC, standards on the park were high, so I know what to expect.”

“There were guys like Charlie Miller (ex-Rangers) and a lad who was on the books of Celtic previously, John Paul McBride. He was an unbelievable player.”

“I am delighted Jamie (McNee) has got his move. I would encourage anyone to go manage, coach or play as high as you can – if you can. It doesn’t matter if it’s at Brechin City or Real Madrid.”

Joe won two League titles at Lesmahagow Juniors where Sandy Robertson was at the helm, and Joe admitted: “Gow teams were always super fit. Sandy was a big influence on me as was big Ian Currie at Vale of Clyde. I’ve had a few shouts from mates who run teams in the new West of Scotland League offering to play us in friendlies once restrictions are eased. For now, I want to bring in a wee bit of professionalism to the Tunny players who have been out doing their own running.”

“We can do some non-contact training and hopefully everyone can look forward to playing games as soon as possible.”

Here is how the CUTTING-EDGE ENGRAVERS CHAMPIONSHIP C LANARKSHIRE Group looks:

BARGEDDIE AMATEURS, MANHATTAN BLACKS, MOORLANDS, NETHERTON, OVERTOUN PARK, PLAINS, SHOTTS BON ACCORD, TANNOCHSIDE UNITED and WISHAW RANGERS.

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