Coughlin appointed on full-time basis

Berwick Rangers have confirmed that manager John Coughlin is to continue in the role next season on a full-time basis.

Friday, 8th April 2016, 5:10 pm

Coughlin, who was appointed in November last year, will see his temporary contract run out on May 31.

But the Shielfield Park outfit have revealed that he has accepted an extended deal, for two years, which will see him take up the role on a full-time basis.

Chairman Brian Porteous said: “I am delighted John has accepted the offer.

“It is unusual for Berwick to appoint a full-time manager, but when you look around at a lot of the clubs in Scotland, including the top four in our division ,they all have full time bosses.”

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Porteous is due to step down from his role at the end of May, but said he wanted to get the managerial situation sorted before handing over to his successor, Len Eyre.

“John has done a tremendous job since coming in,” said Porteous.

“He has hauled the team away from the foot of the table, so I think it is only right we make this announcement now.

“It gives John time to start planning for next season, something which I know he is already doing.”

Coughlin said: “I have a strong affinity with Berwick, and it was my suggestion to the board that they should look at the appointment of a full-time manager.

“It is a bold step, but it is one which I think can pay dividends and I am really looking forward to continuing in the role and taking on the job on a permanent basis.

“Next season will soon come around, but I already have one or two ideas I am working on.”