McGuire handed top job at the Recs

Camelon and Saints do battle on Monday night
Camelon and Saints do battle on Monday night

Former Dunfermline and Aberdeen defender Phil McGuire has been appointed permanent manager of St Andrews United.

McGuire had been in charge on an interim basis following the departure of Gus Malone and Allan Ramsay but following a period of interviews it was decided to offer him the job on a permanent basis.

Saints were already doomed for the drop before McGuire took the reigns, but the influential former pro has still had a positive impact at the Recs, leading the side to consecutive victories over Tayport and Camelon on Monday evening.

McGuire played over 200 times for Aberdeen under several managers, most notable Jimmy Calderwood and Ebbe Skovdahl, before heading south to Doncaster Rovers.

During his time with the Yorkshire club they reached the Semi Final of the Coca Cola Cup, losing on penalties to Arsenal.

He moved back to Dunfermline, where he played in the SPL for the Pars, in 2006 before a spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle and latterly Arbroath.

He joined Saints in October last year but featured in only five games due to injury before taking over the top position.

A club spokesman told The Citizen: “ We had a very high calibre of applicant and thank everybody that applied for their interest.

“Following the interview process it was fairly obvious where we were going and the decision was ratified by a meeting of the football club committee on Sunday.

“Phil is fully committed to pushing St Andrews United to the forefront of sport in the area and wants to take the club back to a position where the talented local footballers wanted to play for the club and grace the turf of Recreation Park,”

As a new era starts at Recreation Park another ends as Saints Chris Seeley played his last game for the club in the win over Camelon.

The St Andrews teacher is destined for warmer climbs later in the year so won’t be extending his stay with United.

After the game Seeley told The Citizen: “All I ever wanted to do as a kid was play at The Rec and now I have done it and its nice to go out on a victory”.

Saints are without a game this weekend following the 1-0 win on Monday evening over Camelon.