Turriff and Cove lose their managers

Scott Barbour is likely to feature for Fraserburgh today.
Scott Barbour is likely to feature for Fraserburgh today.

Two Highland League clubs lost their managers last month, Kris Hunter’s old haunt, Turriff United, announcing that their manager, Mark Simpson, had left the club after a series of poor results in the Highland League, while Cove Rangers’ Kevin Tindal resigned.

Simpson, who had only signed on as the permanent manager after the departure of former co-manager James Duthie in January, was released from his contract in March.

His assistant, Graham Coutts, has also left the club.

A statement on the club’s website reads: “Following a run of poor results Turriff United FC and the management team of Mark Simpson and Graham Coutts have parted company with immediate effect.

“Turriff United would like to thank them both for their hard work and efforts over the past weeks and months and wish them all the very best for their futures.”

Turriff, who have struggled this season in their league duties, amassing just 33 points from 28 games, had gone on a six-game losing streak between wins at Huntly (February 2) and Cove Rangers (March 22) ahead of Simpson’s departure from the club.

Cover Rangers, meanwhile, saw Tindal leave the Highland League’s current holders after a five game winless run.

A club statement reads: “Cove Rangers Football Club announce that they have accepted Kevin Tindal’s letter of resignation with immediate effect.

“Kevin has given the Football Club almost ten years’ service as a player, captain and most recently as manager.

“The football club would like to thank him for his hard work and efforts over the years and wish him all the very best in the future. In the interim period, Roy McBain and Graeme Mathieson will take on all football matters.”

The clubs are currently welcoming applications for their respective managerial roles via their official websites.