Jags announce next manager

Kevin Haynes
Kevin Haynes

Dalkeith Thistle have announced that current assistant manager Kevin Haynes will take over as manager for next season.

With Willie Pearson preparing to stand down after 12 years at the helm, the club has moved to announce the appointment of his successor now so that plans can be made for the run-in this year, and pre-season for 2016/17.

A statement on the Dalkeith Thistle website said: “Kevin’s appointment comes at an exciting period in Dalkeith Thistle’s history, and we look forward to him leading the club forward.”

Kevin has been with the club as player and coach over the past five years, and was an important part of the South League winning side in 2012.

Earlier in his playing career he enjoyed tremendous success at Dunbar United where he scored just short of 100 goals in 106 games. This form earned him a move to 3rd Division Berwick Rangers, and he helped them to the league title in season 2006/06, finishing top goal scorer at the club.

A move to Bathgate Thistle followed in 2007, with his side winning the Scottish Junior Cup the following year. Spells at Stenhousemuir, Whitehill Welfare and Preston Athletic followed before his arrival at King’s Park.

The management change announcement came during a busy weekend for the club.

Dalkeith Thistle representatives attended the SFA Quality Mark awards ceremony at Easter Road on Saturday to collect the ‘Development’ level award.

And on the field on Saturday in a dramatic Scottish Junior Cup tie the Jags lost 5-3 at Hurlford, having led their hosts 3-0. Read the full match report on page 37.