Girvan boss leaves club

Alan Cotton is no longer the boss of Girvan FC after he declared his position to be untenable on Saturday following a frank discussion.

Cotton left the club citing a number of differences between himself and the committee over how to take the club forward but insists there has been no fall-out.

He said: “It’s been financially difficult for a while and I was paying out of my own pocket for players to come to training. However, after Saturday’s game they told me that they wanted to cut down training to one night a week and I thought that was completely unacceptable if you want to be successful on the park.

“And due to the financial situation they told me that they didn’t want to get promotion this season or next season.

“They are basically asking me to set up a team to deliberately fail and that is a crazy situation.

“It’s not like there are one or two games left in the season, there’s still 11 league games left and promotion is not beyond us.

“There are 33 points to play for and only twice in the past has 51 points not been good enough for a team to go up.

“The players believe in themselves too that they can do it.

“I just find it unfathomable that they wouldn’t want to be promoted.

“They’re good people and there’s been no fall out but the way they envisage the future of the club is different to mine.

“Success breeds success but a lack of ambition is killing the club right now.”

Girvan suffered an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Rutherglen Glencairn in their Scottish Cup replay on Saturday.

After finishing 90 minutes at 1-1, the teams went to spot kicks with Mark Doolan being the unfortunate player to miss for Girvan.

Reflecting on the performance, Cotton said: “I am more than happy with the performance but I have to say that I am really disappointed with the refereeing in both games.

“Jordan Ryan’s had a goal chalked off when the ball wasn’t clearly in their keepers hands, and he’s given them a penalty up at Largs in the opening game which was never a penalty.

“And he’s disallowed a perfectly good goal by Darren Mitchell as well in the first game.

“It would have been good to have Bo’Ness in the next round as I had them watched on Saturday as I really thought we’d be successful at Rutherglen.

“We were one of only ten teams left in the cup and you look at teams like Whittlets, Cumnock and Hurlford that are still in and we’ve played well against them all this season.”

As for the future Cotton said : “I’m not in a rush to get back into the game, particularly the junior game, as the number of great clubs is few and far between and the SJFA lacks organisation and forward planning.”

The latest winner of the clubs 50/50 draw was Kenny Ingram who collected £97.