Irvine Victoria announce gaffer Dougie MacDuff will stand down at the end of the season

Stepping down Dougie MacDuff will leave Irvine Victoria at the end of the season -Credit:Casey McCracken
Stepping down Dougie MacDuff will leave Irvine Victoria at the end of the season -Credit:Casey McCracken

Irvine Victoria are on the hunt for a new manager after Dougie MacDuff confirmed he’ll be stepping down at the end of the season.

MacDuff had been in charge since June 2021 and narrowly missed out on promotion for the West of Scotland Third Division last term.

But he says the time was right to step away from the club after they bring their season to a close on May 18 with an away clash at Lesmahagow. Vics currently sit eighth in the table with two games remaining.

MacDuff said: “I have decided to step down at the end of the season. It’s been an honour to work as manager of this fantastic football club.

“I would like to thank the committee for giving me the chance to get back into football after several years out with personal issues.

“They work hard off the park trying to keep the club alive and running in these difficult times.”

He added: “I have worked with some fantastic players in my time at the club and had the back of loyal supporters who turn out every weekend for their team. I hope the club continues to take strides in forthcoming years.

“I would also like to thank Sean (Cyrans, assistant manager) who has given his time up every week to stand by my side in difficult situations and wish him every success in the future.

“All the best to Irvine Victoria in the future.”

The club issued a statement confirming MacDuff’s intention to step down and hailed his achievements at the club.

It read: “The club unfortunately have to announce that first team manager Dougie MacDuff has informed the committee of his intention to stand down as manager of Irvine Victoria at the end of the season.

“His assistant Sean Cryans will also be leaving his post.

“Irvine Victoria are extremely grateful to Dougie and his coaches for stepping into the role under difficult circumstances three seasons ago.

“Setting a great standard over the last few years by creating a competitive and entertaining team on the park that just missed out on promotion by one point last season.

“Thanks Dougie for all your efforts on and off the park. You are always welcome at Victoria Park.

“Further information on our new manager will be announced in due course but come along to our last home game against Finnart to see Dougie off on a high.”

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