Shock as Saints manager steps down

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Banchory St Ternan are looking for their fourth manager of the season after the shock resignation of Tom McPherson.

McPherson, who only took over at Milton Park in March, called Saints’ President John Watson on Monday morning to say he was resigning as manager.

McPherson suffered his worst result as Saints’ boss last weekend when he watched his side lose 2-0 to relegated Fraserburgh United in the Semi-final of the McLeman Cup.

McPherson explained to The Piper the main reason behind his decision.

He said: “Over the last few weeks I realised that I just wasn’t enjoying it. I wasn’t able to put one hundred percent into the job so it was unfair of me to stay at Banchory.

“The result on Saturday didn’t help but I haven’t been happy for a few weeks.

“I talked it over with my family and also the coaching staff and they all agreed that it was probably the best thing to do.”

McPherson said he will be taking a break from the game for the forseeable future.

“I need to take a complete break from football and I can assure any doubters that there is no other job lined up.

“I have work commitments and also young children who I will now get to spend more time with.

“It was nothing to do with the club itself because there are a lot of good people there and I sincerely wish the club all the best for the future.”

Banchory St Ternan President John Watson admitted he was shocked when McPherson called him to say he was resigning.

“It is a massive surprise for everyone associated with the club because we were discussing plans for next season and it seemed as if Tom was relishing the challenge.”

Assistant Sandy Carrol was in charge of Saints’ match against Stoneywood on Tuesday and Watson added that discussions regarding McPherson’s successor took place at a committee meeting on Wednesday evening.