Shock as Leonard leaves Maybole

Maybole Juniors have been left stunned after the shock resignation of Peter Leonard after almost a decade in charge.

He leaves the club fourth in the Superleague First Division and also still competing in the West of Scotland cup.

Leonard, who was at the club for almost 10 years, said it was time for a new challenge.

He said: “I have been there an awful long time and felt it was time for a new challenge.

“The team are growing on the park but I don’t feel the club is doing enough to try and grow off the park.

“That’s no disrespect to the guys on the committee as if you don’t get the crowds through the gate, then you aren’t going to be able to invest in the club.”

Leonard feels that whoever comes in is getting a good team to work with to continue to mount a promotion challenge.

“We’re fourth top of the league and there’s a great bunch of lads there even if the last few results have been disappointing,” he said

“This decision has nothing to do with the results, it is more to do with the overall structure of the club.

“In general junior football needs to get more young people onto committees.

“Archie Wotherspoon and Alex Meek have done a great job at Maybole for a number of years but you need to try and encourage the younger generation to come on board. I’ve left on good terms with the club and I wish them all the best for the future.”

Leonard quipped that even if he’s getting on, he’s still ambitious.

“Even in my old age I am ambitious and I am looking for a new challenge,” he added.

“Nobody has phoned yet but if a club with the right infrastructure and organisation in place comes along, then I will consider it.”

Coaching staff Chris Flannigan and Steven McNally have also left with captain Stuart McGrady and Andy Stevenson set to take training for Saturday’s trip to Rutherglen.

Maybole lost 3-2 to Irvine Vics on Saturday when goals from Mark Cameron and Stevenson were not enough to complete a comeback.