Alex Cunningham has been appointed as the new manager of Civil Service Strollers after leaving his post as Spartans EOS manager
Cunningham had been in the Ainslie Park hot-seat for 12 years where he was in charge of the club’s East of Scotland and Junior sides.
He replaces Ross McNeil who left in the wake of Civil’s 2-0 SFA South Challenge Cup defeat to BSC Glasgow last month.
Cunningham guided Spartans to a sixth-placed finish in The Central Taxis Premier League last term, but also suffered cup disappointment in the finals of The League Cup and King Cup losing to Leith Athletic and Peebles Rovers respectively.
But Cunningham is now looking forward to his new venture with Strollers and acknowledged that the time was right for him to seek a new challenge.
“I loved every minute at Spartans, it’s a wonderful club with great people working behind the scenes all the time, Craig Graham the chairman was fantastic with me and all the players I’ve worked with were superb,” he said.
“But this is a great football club with aspirations to play at a higher level.
“My first job will be to meet the squad and speak to them about next season.”
Civil President Russell Pryde added: “This is a great appointment for our club. Alex is the sort of manager we were looking for and we are excited about the future for our club.”
Cunningham will be assisted by Ricky Clapperton whom he worked with at Spartans with Nazmi Okan and Chris Todd also on the backroom team.
Craigroyston have appointed former Hearts and Motherwell youth team coach Andy Brown as their new manager.
He replaces Jamie Burrell who was in charge on an interim basis at the tail-end of last season.