Shire hunt for new manager as Coughlin turns down new contract

John Coughlin will leave East Stirlingshire at the end of the season
John Coughlin will leave East Stirlingshire at the end of the season

East Stirlingshire will have a new manager in charge for the 2014/15 season after current boss John Coughlin turned down the chance to extend his stay at Ochilview.

The 51-year-old will lead Shire through their three remaining matches this season as they look to reach the League Two play-offs.

A club spokesman said: “Everyone at the club would like to place on record their sincere thanks to John, along with his backroom team of Matt Kerr, Arthur Bell and Alex Connon, for the tireless work they have put in over the past three years to improve the Shire’s fortunes on the pitch.

“They arrived with the club at a low ebb and, even with limited resources available, remained committed to what was a very difficult task.

“That perseverance has delivered considerable reward this season with the team maintaining a credible challenge for a place in the promotion play-offs.”

Coughlin took charge at Shire in May 2011 and was previously manager at Stenhousemuir, Berwick Rangers and St Mirren.