Little named as ‘new’ manager of Rangers
Berwick Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Ian Little as their new manager.
Little, who is a former player, assistant manager and manager of the club, will lead the team into the Lowland League for the 2019-20 season after losing their SPFL status after a period of 68 years.
Berwick were relegated from Division 2 after finishing bottom of the table and then losing the play-offs 7-0 on aggregate to Highland League champions Cove Rangers, who will replace them in the fourth tier of Scottish football.
A statement issued by the Shielfield Park outfit said 45 year-old Little, who is an ‘A’ licence coach, has ‘considerable experience’ at SPFL and Lowland League level.
He has been ‘actively engaged’ to recruit players for the new campaign and a new assistant manager will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, John Brownlie, the former Hibernian and Berwick player, who was drafted in to manage the team for the final game of last season and the play-offs, with Little as his assistant, has been appointed to the management team ‘in an advisory capacity.’
The statement added: “The Board appreciates that time is of the essence as we assemble a competitive squad, and we will be giving Ian every support to identify and recruit the players we require.”
Meanwhile, in the draw for next season’s Betfred League Cup, which is played in a group format, Berwick have been drawn alongside Livingston, Stranraer, Ayr United and Falkirk.
Teams will play four games (two at home and two away) the venues and dates of which have yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, two long-serving directors of the club have stepped down as change takes place on and off the field.
Len Eyre and Bill Parkin, with 10 and 12 years of service respectively, are retiring from the Board.
Eyre, appointed in 2009, has served as chairman for the past three years and has contributed many hours ‘behind the scenes’ and represented the club with distinction at the SFA and SPFL.
Supporters Club chairman Parkin was appointed in 2007, and has played a major role in ensuring that Shielfield Park continues to be able to host senior football as a safe and fit-for-purpose venue.
The club would like to thank both of them for their dedicated service to keeping the Club a going concern.
Two new appoints have been made to the Board in the shape of Colin Pike and Sarah McMorn.
Pike is a life-long supporter and a past chairman of Duns FC and Tweedmouth Rangers and his role will be to promote hospitality and sponsorship.
McMorn is managing director and owner of Berwick-based Fantasy Print and she will focus on publicity, promotion and advertising.