Tayport made John an offer he couldn’t turn refuse

John Ovenstone is looking forward to his time as Tayport boss.
John Ovenstone is looking forward to his time as Tayport boss.

John Ovenstone admits a crack at managing Super League Tayport was just too good an opportunity for him to turn down.

The former East Fife defender was appointed the Canniepairt outfit’s new gaffer recently following Dave Baikie’s retirement.

‘Port have gone from one extreme to the other, handing the reigns over from the experienced Scottish Cup winning legend Baikie, who had three spells at the club, to Ovenstone who has yet to manage at any level.

But speaking to Ovenstone, who’ll remain on the playing staff at the club, it’s clear he’s a young manager with a clear vision and appetite for the task at hand which he’ll use to outweigh is lack of experience.

Tayport currently sit bottom of the Super League, but that didn’t put Ovenstone off in the slightest.

“I’d been looking to get into coaching and then management possibly after that, but not right away,” he admitted.

“But when the position at Tayport came up, I couldn’t turn down a chance to manage a club like that in the Super League.

“It’s a great opportunity.”

Ovenstone will be assisted at the club by his former East Fife team mate Stevie Kerrigan and Allan Ramsay.

“I’ve known Stevie for a lot of years,” said the new boss.

“A couple of years back I was playing against his side when he was at Montrose Roselea and was really impressed with how organised they were and how they set up.

“We’re both the same in that we want the side to play good football.”

The boss could hardly have been handed a tougher start on his new managerial journey, with ‘Port preparing to travel to Super League champions Kelty Hearts for a East of Scotland Cup tie.

“You only need to look at the resources Tam Courts (Kelty boss) has to see why they’re doing so well,” he said,

“They have a side which could compete with third and even second division sides.

“It’s a big test for us but if we can iron out a few defensive problems then I have the confidence in the squad that we can cause an upset at the weekend.”