Rangers seek a new manager after boss Horn quits his post

Edinburgh City 3-0 Berwick Rangers

Monday, 8th October 2018, 9:30 am
Updated Monday, 8th October 2018, 9:32 am

Berwick Rangers are looking for a new manager after Robbie Horn quit following his side’s 3-0 away defeat against league leaders Edinburgh City on Saturday.

Horn, who has been in charge of the Shielfield Park outfit for the past year, resigned just a few hours after the match citing health issues as one of the reasons for his departure.

Berwick have won only two out of their opening nine league fixtures and currently sit second from bottom of the Scottish League 2 table, just two points above basement side Albion Rovers.

During the summer he had his budget cut by the board and has admitted it has been increasingly difficult to attract players of the quality he would like to the club.

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Horn, who is a former captain with Rangers, was assistant manager to Ian Little and took on the role having previously managed at Bonnyrigg Rose. He was appointed after former boss John Coughlin quit half way through last season,

Following his resignation he said: “When you stop enjoying the game you love and it affects your health it’s time to admit defeat.

“When it’s YOUR club it’s even harder! I genuinely wish the club every success in the future. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last year.”

Berwick found themselves second best in the game at Ainslie Park, and ironically it was one of Berwick’s old boys, striker Blair Henderson, who contributed to their downfall, netting two goals, including one from the penalty spot.

Marc Laird was also on target with the opening goal in the first half, helping Edinburgh maintain their two point advantage over Peterhead at the top of the table.

Henderson gave an early indication of his threat when he fired over after eight minutes.

Graham Taylor and then Scott Shepherd also both shot over before Laird opened the scoring after 29 minutes, finding the bottom corner from a free kick.

Cedwyn Scott had Berwick’s only attempt of the first half when he shot over before Andrew Black had a shot saved by Rangers’ keeper Sean Brennan in the build up to half-time.

Just a minute into the second half Henderson fired over again, before he doubled City’s lead two minutes later with a header from a cross by Shepherd on the right.

Brennan then saved from Craig Thomson before he also denied Shepherd.

But on 68 minutes the Berwick stopper fouled Adam Watson in the box, for which he was shown a yellow card, and Henderson dispatched the resultant penalty to put the game beyond the visitors.

Goalmouth chances were few and far between after this and Edinburgh ran out comfortable winners, leaving Rangers with only two wins from their opening nine league fixtures and the programme reached the quarter-way stage.

Berwick have now got a two week break from the league. Next Saturday they have no game and the week after that it’s Gretna at home in the Scottish Cup. They then face Cowdenbeath at home in their next league game - wins in each of these two matches would go such a long way to giving everyone at the club a lift and getting them back on track.