Linlithgow Rose last night appointed their former captain and Camelon boss Danny Smith as their new manager, although he could still take charge of Camelon’s Junior Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday.
The Evening News understands that Smith wishes to make their last-eight tie at home to Whitletts Victoria his last game as boss of Camelon, however, it is unclear whether the Falkirk club will allow him to do so.
Rose club secretary Jim Harkins had been in temporary charge, leading the Prestonfield club to three straight league wins after Mark Bradley sensationally resigned from his post after a 6-0 defeat away to St Andrews at the beginning of the month.
Fans’ favourite Smith won three Junior Cups and two Super League titles as a player in a 12-year stint with Linlithgow, before he took charge of Camelon in December 2010 – his first job in management.
Smith took Camelon’s training last night, while Linlithgow’s committee gathered to make a decision on the appointment. Harkins today got behind the new boss but, with a chance of retaining their league crown still a possibility, has stressed Smith will automatically come under pressure.
He said: “He’ll get the full backing of the club and hopefully it will work out for everybody. We think we have made the right appointment. He is under a bit of pressure because we still have a chance of winning the Super League.
“It’ll be a tough job for him because we’ve come off three league wins. We all know if we start dropping points, the league will be up in the air. Winning the three league games has made it harder for the new manager coming in.
“It’s a big, big job for a relatively young manager. He’s going to have to be big enough to handle it.”
With several of Linlithgow’s first choice players out of contract in June, including Tommy Coyne, Mark Tyrell and Adam Nelson, Smith will have to decide whether to offer them new deals.
“It’ll be up to him what players he wants to keep and what players he doesn’t want to keep,” said Harkins.
“There is a lot of players out of contract at the end of the season and he’s going to have to convince them that this is the place to be and he’s the manager they want to play for.”