Threave angry at Stenhousemuir move for Davie Irons

STENHOUSEMUIR have been reported to the Scottish Football Association over the appointment of Davie Irons last week.

The former Gretna and Morton manager signed a deal with the Warriors on Thursday morning.

However, Threave Rovers, who are also Stenhousemuir's Scottish Cup opponents, claim to hold the playing registration for Irons and have since complained to the authorities about the move.

They say they have not been contacted by Stenhousemuir

for permission to speak to their player.

Club secretary Hugh Robertson

said: "We have written to the

SFA as David was a signed player

under contract and there was no

of?cial noti?cation to the club

from Stenhousemuir that they

were looking at him.

"As it is under investigation we don't want to say more, but

we would have taken this action irrespective of the Scottish Cup tie between the two clubs."

The third round replay is hoped to go ahead on Saturday - the day of the fourth round ties - but Threave's Meadow Park has been suffering from burst pipes as well

as the recent cold weather.

Irons told Heraldsport he is expecting a frosty reception, "but I'll just have to pull my hood up and ignore any abuse I get.

"Some of the things that have been allegedly said have been disappointing and hurtful, but I think Threave got as much from me as I did from them.

"I have nothing but respect for Threave and thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

"It's a great club and I wish them all the success in the future, I think it's just the timing - but these things happen in football.

"Craig Brown almost had a

similar situation with Aberdeen

and Motherwell."

Quotes attributed to the Rovers'

manager David McVitie also

claimed he was even more upset

at losing the veteran mid?elder

as Irons had conducted spying

missions to watch the Warriors

and the pair had discussed tactics

ahead of the match.

However Stenhousemuir chairman Martin McNairney refuted any claims of wrong doing by the Ochilview club.

He con?rmed the club have been contacted by the SFA over a complaint from the South of Scotland club and the Warriors

have responded.

"We believe we have done nothing wrong and have responded to the Scottish Football Association, and that is as far as the situation stands at the moment," he told Heraldsport.

McNairney though, hailed the capture of Irons who has experience right through the Scottish football league having helped Rown Alexander lead Gretna through the leagues before taking over the reins himself in the SPL.

"We are delighted to appoint Davie Irons, after he came through

a great interview process with many, many candidates.

"We believe he is the right man to take us forward and look forward

to his leadership."

Irons also became the oldest player in the Scottish Cup while

playing for Threave during the 2-2 draw against Stenhousemuir.

In his playing days Irons starred for a variety of teams

including Queen of the South, Ayr, Dunfermline and St Johnstone.

An SFA spokeswoman added: "A complaint has been received by our

registration department and we are currently discussing the matter

with both clubs."