Crease takes over as manager

BERWICK caretaker boss Jimmy Crease was confirmed on Saturday as the manager for the remainder of the season.

Crease, who is a former manager of The Borderers before returning to Shielfield Park as the general manager, has acted as a caretaker three times in the past l4 months after first John Coughlin resigned then Michael Renwick was sacked and more recently Allan McGonigal quit last month.

But acting chairman Brian Porteous revealed he has now agreed to continue for the rest of the campaign with player coach Ian Little, who has been with the club for five years, his assistant.

Under his recent guardianship Rangers have won their last three league games.

Crease is to continue as an associate director of the Third Division club.

Porteous said: "We are absolutely delighted he has accepted the unanimous decision of the board of directors to invite him to become the manager. He has developed a certain rapport with the players who respect him and get on well with him. As a result there is a bit of a buzz about the place again which can only be for the good of the club."

The situation will be reviewed at the end of the current season.

In the meantime a consortium led by the Supporters' Club and also involving the Supporters' Trust, is now in the process of finalising the deal to take over control of Rangers following the decision of the outgoing Chairman Robert Wilson and his fellow directors Craig Forsyth and Robert Darling to sell their majority shareholding in the club.

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