Spartans bosses quit after 11 years

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Mike LAWSON and Sam Lynch have brought an end to their glittering 11-year reign as co-managers of Spartans.

The duo, who helped Spartans enjoy incredible success in the East of Scotland ranks, have stepped down, at the end of a season in which the Ainslie Park outfit failed to win a trophy.

They will go down as club legends, however, after accumulating six league titles and 22 other competitive cup competitions over the past decade and a bit. They also pulled off the remarkable feat of reaching the last 16 of the Scottish Cup on two separate occasions.

Lawson, a former Meadowbank Thistle and Whitehill Welfare manager, joined the club in 2001, while Lynch had been there for the previous six seasons as a co-manager with both Colin Campbell and Derick Rodier.

Spartans chairman Craig Graham today paid tribute to the departing pair, saying: “Sam and Mike did a truly magnificent job and, on behalf of everyone at Spartans, can I say a massive thank you and well done.

“They have played an integral role in making us what we are today. Mike and Sam are winners and it has been a fantastic journey working with them. Their commitment has been superb and they can rightly be so proud of what they have achieved.”

The search begins now to replace the pair, who have left an excellent legacy as the Capital club ponder the prospect of joining the SFL ranks over the next few years.

Graham added: “With the pyramid system in Scottish football looking like it is two seasons away it is the start of a new era for us at Spartans.

“The Executive now has the very difficult role of finding replacement(s) for Mike and Sam and that process starts now. Naturally it may take a little time.”