New Whitehill boss plots long term plans

New manager Stevie Hislop watches his new charges against Ormiston, with his assistant Davie Bingham
New manager Stevie Hislop watches his new charges against Ormiston, with his assistant Davie Bingham

New Whitehill Welfare manager Stevie Hislop is excited by his first manager role after last week replacing Grant Carnie in Rosewell.

The former Inverness, Raith Rovers, Livingston and Gillingham player became assistant manager at Arbroath last summer. He is now the main man at Ferguson Park, with former Livingston teammate and Preston Athletic manager David Bingham joining him in the dugout as his assistant.

The new man in charge is realistic in his assessment of the job ahead of him.

He said: “For this season there is still two cups that could be won. So we will give it as good a bash as we can. Just try and win as many games as we can before the end of the season.

“Next season will be a bit more consolidating and building a squad that could do more. The board recognises that there isn’t as much money as there used to be.

“We have been given a three year contract. It’s not going to be an overnight thing. Edinburgh City are the benchmark. They built a squad up over five/six years.

“These things take time. This is a massive club, that’s probably not done as well as it would have hoped for in the last few years.

“But there is potential in the squad. And there will be fresh faces brought in. There might be one this week.

“We hope to have more experienced players arrive in the summer. And I’m looking to bring more players up from the under 20s.

“I like working with hungry, ambitious players.”

Hislop believes his more experienced assistant will be his best signing.

He said: “When the job came up I thought this felt like the right one for me.

“I’m ready for it. I’m just disappointed that the season is coming to an end so soon.

“And as we have got so many games to squeeze in we won’t be able to get much training done.

“So the only real chance I will get to see them and what they can do, is in games.

“I have known Davie for a long time. He has always been there for advice. He has got many more years of experiences as a manager, particularly at this level. He will be my best signing.

“He has already given me a list of players that he thinks can do a job for us. I trust him.

“I’m just delighted to get the opportunity to manage Whitehill. I look forward to getting this club back to the level that it should be at.”

Whitehill Welfare president Alan Ramsay said: “The calibre of applicants was very high and it was a very hard decision. But after speaking to Stevie and getting his thoughts for the club the decision was made to offer him the role.

“He will now obviously have time until the end of the season to review the players he has currently at the club and decide if he wants to bring players in. He has the full backing of the board.”

After trailing 1-0 at the break on Saturday Whitehill, produced a strong second-half performance in front of Hislop to secure a quarter-final with Glasgow University in the South Challenge Cup.

Ormiston took the lead after Alexander Dimitrov drilled in from 12 yards.

In the second half substitute James Flynn crossed for Jamie Devlin to equalise and moments later Flynn put his side 2-1 in front with a shot from the edge of the box. Midway through the second half, Jack Jardine laid the ball off for Steven Manson to give Whitehill a two-goal cushion.

With five minutes remaining Gary Hadden pulled a goal back, but, despite seeing Darren McGlashan pick up a second yellow card, Whitehill held on.