George Ward has admitted he was taken away by the speed of his appointment as the new Manager of Doune Castle – as his former club Steins Thistle bring in their new boss, writes Tom Scott.
He told me: “Firstly, happy to see that Steins have appointed a Manager who will be bringing fresh players in – hopefully this sees them knock on. It wasn’t a decision we expected to make eight weeks ago, but it was the correct one for the Club.”
“Once we advertised the vacancy for Steins, Doune had seen that I had stepped away , and made contact about my availability and plans for next season. My plans were to get out on my road bike and go to Ibrox as I have a season
M ticket. However, after speaking to Doune and William Docherty, I was keen to take up the role.”
“I am very familiar with the Club and its success over the years. I was made aware of what players were staying on, and who was coming in, so I felt they were in a strong position.”
“I am familiar with the Caledonian League and the beauty is that most of the games next season are Stirling based. Another factor was that I live five minutes away, so it will make a huge difference on my home life.”
“It has all came around very quickly but it is something I couldn’t say no to. We start Non-Contact Training on Monday, 26th April, which gives us 7 weeks to gradually get the guys up to speed before we play our first game in the Stirling Summer League.”
“This will allow us to prepare and plan for the 2021-2022 season.”