The end of the road

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POLLOK are on the lookout for a new management team after the resignation of boss Willie Irvine and his assistant Derek Jackson.

A spokesman for Pollok said: “We have accepted, with reluctance, the resignation of manager Willie Irvine.

Willie Irvine

Willie Irvine

“The club would like to extend its thanks to Willie along with his assistant Derek Jackson for their services. In addition, the club would like to wish both men all the best for the future”.

While the Newlandsfield side look for a new manager Francis McNeill will take charge and he will be assisted in the dugout by former midfielder Stephen Docherty.

Irvine, a striker who notched more than 200 senior goals in his 20-year playing career, had two full seasons at the club.

Assistant Derek Jackson insists the decision to leave was because “football is a results driven game, and we were not getting the results”.

SFGS Derek Jackson

SFGS Derek Jackson

“There was no pressure from the board but because of injuries and other factors, things never clicked this season.

“It was the right time to leave the club and take stock of our options.

“I’m proud of the great team we helped to build and I believe they can really challenge for the cup. Once injuries are sorted out Pollok will be a force to be reckoned with once again”.

He added: “Everybody at the club has been fantastic and my only regret is that we have to leave such a big club, with an understanding board and talented players.

The move follows a 4-0 loss to Ashfield in the Stagecoach super premier league at Saracen Park on Saturday.

In seven league matches this season, Pollok have lost four and won three, leaving them seventh in the league.

at the start of the season Willie Irvine told ExtraSport he expected to challenge for top of the league.

This Saturday Pollok head to Ayrshire to take on Irvine Victoria in the first round of the New Coin Automatics West of Scotland Cup (KO 2pm).