New Linlithgow Rose boss David McGlynn is aiming to reignite the winning mentality into the Prestonfield outfit after insisting they have become a soft touch.
McGlynn was appointed as the man to take Rose forward on Tuesday night after Danny Smith ended his 15 months in charge of the club when he resigned on Sunday, having failed to win a trophy this season.
Linlithgow approached Bonnyrigg Rose to speak to their manager on Monday night and, after a day of discussions, McGlynn cut his ties at New Dundas Park to assume control of what he described as “the biggest job in the East”.
He had been with Bonnyrigg since September after joining from Musselburgh.
After mulling over whether to make the move, McGlynn revealed it was Bonnyrigg chairman Charlie Kirkwood who convinced him that the time was right. McGlynn had looked set to take over at Linlithgow last March, when he was in charge of Musselburgh, but the Rose committee opted for Smith.
“I had to weigh up my options and it was a very, very hard decision,” he said. “I was very close with the boys and the committee at Bonnyrigg, so it was quite a hard one to make. It’s very difficult especially when your chairman has backed you to the hilt at Bonnyrigg.
“I spoke to Charlie and he gave me his backing, saying it was a very hard job to turn down. There’s a lot of work to be done and there is a lot of change which is needed to be made, but we’ll just need to do that.”
The pressure will be on McGlynn straight away to emerge from the forthcoming campaign with silverware, given this season was the first in nine years when a trophy wasn’t added to the packed Prestonfield cabinet, although he says he’ll be able to cope with the level of expectancy and is the man to restore some pride at the club.
He said: “I’ll handle that [pressure], it’s totally fine. They know the place isn’t right, that’s the good thing about it, because it’s the first time in years that the club hasn’t won something, so there is something wrong and we need to go and address that as a club.
“There is things that will need to happen to buy into what I want to do.
“I’ve got loads that needs to be done; they need a better philosophy and a better way of playing. They need to get that arrogance back in their game that they make sure they go and turn up and teams are petrified of them – that’s just not there just now.
“They should be going into every game with the right attitude to go and make sure that teams are scared of them, and that’s what needs to happen.”
Rose will begin pre-season training on July 2, with former Hearts and Livingston manager John McGlynn, uncle of David, assisting.