Cupar Hearts looking for new manager

CUPAR Hearts are searching for a new manager following the resignation of Austin MacPhee, who led the club to one of its most successful seasons.

During MacPhee's year in charge, Hearts won the Fife Cup for the first time and reached the final of the Scottish Amateur Cup, losing 1-0 to Drumchapel at Hampden.

MacPhee said business commitments and professional coaching opportunities abroad left him no option but to give up his post at Duffus Park.

Hearts chairman Ian White, who himself stepped down at Monday's annual general meeting after five years, said the club understood the situation.

"Austin's made his decision and we respect that," said Mr White.

"We wish him all the best in the future."

Mr White said MacPhee had been more professional than the club's previous coaches and brought in many new ideas.

Not everyone had agreed with all these ideas, but the club continued to support MacPhee during the season.

"Sometimes a new approach freshens things up," said Mr White.

The club committee elected at Monday's meeting would now lead the hunt for a new manager.

MacPhee thanked his assistant managers, players and those who worked behind the scenes for all their help and support this season.

Read more in this week's Fife Herald.