Negativity forced me out at Penicuik, claims Meikle

Craig Meikle
Craig Meikle

Craig Meikle has revealed he resigned as manager of Penicuik Athletic last month after being told “80 per cent of the club’s fans wanted him out” despite winning the Fife and Lothians Cup.

Meikle, who spent eight years with the junior outfit, also wished to continue in a player-manager role but claimed the club saw things differently.

The 36-year-old, whose team shocked Super League champions Bonnyrigg to lift the cup in June, said: “The negativity after winning the first major trophy in years was baffling.

“Then, to be told that 80 per cent of our support wanted me out was even worse.

“I haven’t taken a penny from the club since last 
December and I was quite happy to continue doing that as long as I remained

“After hearing what I heard from some of the committee, the enjoyment had gone.

“I felt I had to resign. The lack of support was a shock to me after winning the cup.

“One of the other factors in my decision to resign was that I want to keep playing for the next couple of seasons.

“I played in the final and feel I played my part in our success but the committee saw it differently, leaving me no choice but to walk away.

“I still want to play but will need to look elsewhere.

“I would like to thank the people who gave me their backing – they know who they are – and the 20 per cent of our support who thought I did a good job.”

Haddington manager Johnny Harvey – a former Penicuik striker – was named as Meikle’s replacement on June 30.

Harvey admitted it was an opportunity he couldn’t refuse.

“If I turned down the Penicuik job I don’t know if I’d get another opportunity to manage them,” he said.