Craigroyston and Civil Service lose managers on same day

Ross McNeil. Pic: Greg Macvean

Ross McNeil. Pic: Greg Macvean

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AS fans of Craigroyston and Civil Service Strollers awoke on Saturday with their teams due to meet later that day, little did they know that both clubs would be managerless by the end of it.

Ross McNeil decided to quit his post as Craigrosyton boss on the morning of the game, citing a negative attitude among committee members. And, later in the afternoon after a 4-0 defeat, his counterpart at Strollers, Andy Raeburn, also chucked it in, but this time for personal reasons.

McNeil took the reins at St Mark’s Park in the summer of 2010 and last season led Craigie to the Premier Division. He said: “I just want to enjoy my football and I want to be around positive people.” He leaves the club in second place.

Raeburn, who took control of the Premier Division side in the summer, admits that he has struggled in recent weeks to combine work commitments with his role at the Marine Drive outfit.

He revealed that he arrived with little time to spare at Saturday’s league match at Craigroyston, where Strollers were defeated 4-0 and after which Raeburn tendered his resignation.

“It’s down to team performances and results,” Raeburn told the Evening News. “Also, something is going on at the club, but my decision is mostly due to the fact I’ve really been struggling with work and only just made it to the game at Craigroyston. That’s not fair on the club or the players.”

Raeburn leaves Strollers in eighth place in the top tier, three points from fifth place and three points above basement side Leith Athletic.