Management team departs the Recs

Phil McGuire holds off a Ballingry attack.
Phil McGuire holds off a Ballingry attack.
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St Andrews United will go into Saturday’s East of Scotland Cup derby with Tayport without a recognised management team in place.

The Recreation Park club announced this week that it had parted company with Gus Malone and Allan Ramsay by mutual consent.

The partnership left after Saturday’s defeat at Ballingry left the club teetering on the brink of relegation.

The Dundee based duo were part of Jim Hardie’s backroom staff and had been in charge since December.

But it would appear that Saturdays defeat to fellow strugglers was the final straw for United.

A club spokesman told The Citizen: “ We would like to go on record as thanking Gus and Allan for their hard work and efforts while they have been at the club.

“These decisions are never easy but we decided a change was needed to give the team a chance of making progress in the East Of Scotland Cup at Tayport.

“We have put Phil McGuire in charge of team affairs at present and he will be assisted by Chris Seeley, but we are taking applications for the permanent position.”

Saints go in to Saturday’s game at Tayport looking to put their dismal Super League season behind them and indeed win the first game of a double header against their local rivals.

The club wants to put some late shine on a season which has seen them scrape around the lower parts of the league by progressing to the semi finals of the East Of Scotland Cup.

In better times United have actually lifted the trophy as recently as two years ago against Kinnoull at Hill of Beath’s Keir Park.

“Saturday gives us a chance to progress and end the season on a high,” added the spokesman.

“We know it wont be easy as Tayport won at the weekend to send us to the bottom of the league, but we will give it everything and its always nice to beat your neighbour, whatever the situation.”

Kick off at The Canniepart on Saturday is 2.30p.m.

The game will go straight to penalty kicks if the scores are level after 90 minutes of play.

Tayport leapfrogged United on Saturday after they beat Camelon 3-1 away from home.

Such has been their dismal season as well, the win was Dave Baikie’s struggling side’s first on the road this season.