Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale manager Kevin Twaddle has resigned from the club with immediate effect citing personal reasons.
The former Hearts and Motherwell player took over the reins at the Central Taxis Premier Division club last season from Grant Carney and went onto lead the Capital side to league title success.
This season, Lothian’s league form has been inconsistent, although they are currently only three points behind league leaders Leith Athletic.
Twaddle was complimentary to his former employers when he spoke to the Evening News.
“I have had a fantastic time at the club,” he said.
“Winning the league last season was a great achievement for myself and the players and I fulfilled a lifelong dream of managing a club in the Scottish Cup this season when we played Burntisland Shipyard and then East Kilbride.”
“But I feel I need a fresh outlook now. I have enjoyed the challenge and I hope the boys can go onto win the league. There are some amazing people at that football club, guys like Tom Allison, who work extremely hard behind the scenes.”
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale chairman Allison thanked his departing manager, with former Academy Liaison officer Raymond Carr, now on the committee at Civil Service Strollers, the favourite to succeed Twaddle.
“We’d like to thank Kevin for all he has achieved at the football club,” said Allison. “Winning the league last season was a great achievement and we wish him well for the future.”
“The club will now be looking for a man to come in and give us the best possible chance of retaining the league title and to work with a talented crop of youngsters.”
Carr was tight lipped when contacted about a possible return to his old club.
“I found out the news yesterday morning like everyone else” said Carr. “I had a good relationship with Kevin when I was at the club, but I’m enjoying my role on the committee at Civil Service just now and that is my main focus.”