Saints remain on the hunt for a new gaffer

Phil McGuire left St Andrews on Friday night.
Phil McGuire left St Andrews on Friday night.

St Andrews United remain on the hunt for a new manager following the surprise departure of Phil McGuire.

Former Dunfermline and Aberdeen defender McGuire, who had led the Barnetts Park club to promotion back to the east region’s Super League last term, parted company with Saints before Saturday’s scheduled fixture with Bonnyrigg Rose.

The move stunned United supporters, with many criticising the decision on the club’s official Facebook page.

A brief statement from United said: “St Andrews United have parted company with manager Phil McGuire.

“ The decision was taken at a committee meeting on Friday evening.”

McGuire’s departure was seen as a surprise given the impact that he’s had both on and off the park.

On it, Saints, who had suffered relegation to the McBookie.com East Premier League in 2013/14, were guided straight back to the top flight by McGuire.

The side battled with local rivals Tayport for the title for most of the season before ‘Port edged Saints out for top spot.

Off the park McGuire played a key part in helping build Saints’ commitment to strengthening its links into the town by focusing on becoming a community club.

The club’s committee will have an extra week to get a new boss installed as United are not in action this weekend.

Saints are inviting applications from any prospective new bosses to be e-mailed to mark.johnson1970@hotmail.com