Penicuik squad feel responsible after Stevie McLeish exit
McLeish resigned in the aftermath of Saturday’s 4-2 defeat away to Blackburn United in the East of Scotland Premier League, ending his 18-month spell in charge of the club.
“It was a bit of a shock,” said Forbes. “Personally, I am really disappointed because I enjoyed playing under Stevie and I consider him a very good coach.
“Stevie told us straight after the game that he had resigned. At the end of the day, it’s the players that cross the white line, there is only so much that the management team can do. Hearing the news after the game certainly hit us very hard and I think the overriding emotion and feeling was that we had let him down.
“I think we felt we let him down, certainly yesterday, with the performance, but with a few performances before that as well. We have let ourselves and the supporters down as well. At the end of the day it’s the players that cross the white line, there is only so much that the management team can do.
“Since November we haven’t really had the chance to build up any momentum of any kind, with call offs and results not quite going our way. I think we have been maybe a wee bit unlucky with a couple of results, I think performances probably deserved more, for instance the Musselburgh game at home which we drew.”
McLeish led Penicuik to second place last season, losing out on the league title on goal difference to Tranent.
Forbes added: “We did have a very good season last season and Stevie was a huge part of that. We lost out on goal difference to a very strong and consistent Tranent team. Naturally it’s a disappointment to look at the league table and see where we are just now.”