Malpas explains Raith departure

Maurice Malpas has left his role as director of football at Raith Rovers. Pic: Neil Hanna Photography
Maurice Malpas has left his role as director of football at Raith Rovers. Pic: Neil Hanna Photography

Maurice Malpas insisted that he has no problem with Ray McKinnon despite leaving Raith Rovers hours before the club announced their new boss last week.

Malpas is a former team mate of McKinnon having played in the same Dundee United team, but the 52-year-old stressed that McKinnon’s appointment was not behind his decision to quit as director of football.

With McKinnon set to bring in his own backroom staff, Malpas simply felt there was no longer a role for him at the club.

“There was no fall out, and nothing sinister in it at all,” he told the Press.

“We just had a slight disagreement about how it was going to go. There wasn’t really going to be anything for me to do so it was time to say goodbye.

“The club wanted to go in a certain direction and it wasn’t for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

“I was part of the panel that brought Ray in so I wish them all the best.”

Malpas admitted that he found his directorial role “frustrating at times” and revealed he is now looking for a return to coaching.