On Sunday, Tayport unveiled former Arbroath F.C. boss, John McGlashan, as their new manager, after Willie Garner had resigned following Saturday’s defeat against Lochee United.
Garner had been appointed not long into the 2008/09 season, after a disastrous spell under Iain Jenkins left ‘Port rooted to the bottom of the Super League.
Despite some encouraging results, Garner was unable to keep Tayport up. He did oversee a return to the top flight, at the first attempt, under dramatic circumstances, as well as a run to the last eight of the Scottish Junior Cup.
The frustrations of this current campaign, however, have been well-documented, leading to the events of last weekend. John McGlashan, for his part, is keen to get started and he will be assisted by Paul Reilly, a former Tayport player.
Reilly, along with brother, Dave, played a prominent role in the club’s early successes during the 1990s.
Speaking on Sunday, McGlashan said: “In terms of my appointment, everything happened very quickly, but we’re certainly positive about the future. I am ambitious, as is the committee, and we have a lot of common ground.”
The new boss is well aware of Tayport’s predicament, but is confident that the club can retain its Super League status. He added: “Willie Garner has left a good squad of players here and Paul and I are in a position whereby we already know most of them, having worked with them or watched them with previous clubs.
“What we have to do is ensure that the players have the right mindset when they go onto the park. At this stage of the season, winning is key. Hopefully, with our fresh ideas, there’ll be a good reaction. I’m not going to map out where the points are going to come from, as we really do have to take one game at a time, and look to improve stage by stage.”
McGlashan’s first match in charge will be tomorrow’s trip to Strathmore Park, where Forfar West End will provide the opposition. Always a tough venue, ‘Port at least travel in the knowledge that they clinched the Premier League title there, on the final day of last season’s dramatic promotion push.
That said, there is no doubt that West End, promoted as runners-up, have adapted better to life back in the top flight. They occupy a lofty position in the table and, in former Tayport striker, Bryan Duell, have the Super League’s top scorer.
The ‘Port support will be hoping that the change of manager will lead to a change in fortune, as the club battles for Super League survival. Kick-off at Strathmore Park is scheduled for 2.30pm. For up-to-date details of tomorrow’s match, please ‘phone the Tayport F.C. newsline, on 01382 552755, or visit the club’s website, at www.tayportfc.org