Alan Moffat is new manager at Dunipace

Alan Moffat (left) learned the ropes as assistant to Danny Smith but now he's going it alone
Alan Moffat (left) learned the ropes as assistant to Danny Smith but now he's going it alone

Dunipace have moved quickly to replace Cumbernauld-bound Craig McKinlay.

The Westfield hotseat will be taken over by former Linlithgow Rose and Camelon assistant boss Alan Moffat.

It’s a first crack at management for the 38-year-old who grew up watching Dunipace while living in Denny.

He told The Falkirk Herald: “When these things come up you have to grasp them. Dunipace are my hometown club. I was in Denny all my life until two years ago so as far as perfect first jobs go, it’s up there.”

Moffat will be a new broom in the Westfield changing room after McKinlay’s five years at ‘Pace and he’ll sweep the changes with a high turnaround of players now expected, but the work has begun in earnest.

“As soon as I got the job on Saturday the phone started ringing. If it’s not ringing, I’m calling players on it.

“You have to do that, and use your network of contacts.

“I have young players at the club and I’m looking for experienced heads to drop down the divisions to help us. If I get the ones I want, more will follow.

“Dunipace have been in or around promotion the past few years, it’s time to take them over the line and that’s what I’m here to do.

“I’ve gathered a lot of experienced as Danny Smith’s assistant over the past five years and now it’s a chance to put all I’ve learned into practice.”