Former Hearts striker Calum Elliot has been appointed as manager of Edinburgh United just a month after being forced to retire from the game due to a troublesome knee injury.
Elliot underwent a fourth operation on his knee this summer and, faced with the prospect of having to undergo knee replacement surgery to rectify the problem which left him unable to walk properly, the 28-year-old decided to call it a day.
Latterly of Raith Rovers, Elliot will take charge of his first match as boss this Saturday when Premier League outfit Edinburgh welcome Kennoway Star Hearts to Paties Road for their season opener.
Elliot, who replaces Jack Lynch after he quit United last month, will be backed by coaches Jason Girdwood and Paul Kavanagh, who’ll provide experience to the young head coach who has yet to acquire any coaching badges.
Edinburgh United secretary Kevin Hanratty is optimistic that Elliot can use his contacts within the senior game to bolster a squad which has been left weakened after several departures during the summer.
He said: “We’ve appointed Calum, who is really raw and young, but he comes with a bit of a pedigree in terms of his senior career. It’s a tradition at Edinburgh to give young managers a chance.
“We’re hopeful he will bring in players that he’s known and also use his contacts from the senior game to maybe loan in some younger players who can come to Edinburgh and play at a decent standard.”