Ian Fergus leaves Falkirk as head of youth development

Falkirk’s head of youth development Ian Fergus has left the club after only 10 months in the role, and just a week after Gary Holt departed as Sporting Director.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 11:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 1:14 pm
Ian Fergus has left Falkirk after just ten months in the role (Pictures by Michael Gillen)

The ex-Selkirk manager was appointed on a part-time basis to create and lead the club’s development squad with the remit of bringing ‘local players into the first team environment over time’.

In an interview with FalkirkTV in April after joining the club, Gary Holt said he had Fergus in mind for the role and that he was his choice for the job.

Having worked at other successful youth academies in Scotland including Hearts and Hamilton, the coach was primarily working alongside Holt in his role.

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Ian Fergus spoke at the club's AGM in December, giving a talk about the future of the club's youth development structure

At the AGM in December, Fergus updated supporters on the progress of the Under 18’s and 16’s sides that he was in charge of saying: “We want to find the next Craig Sibbald-type player who will grasp a chance in the first team and rise to the challenge and claim a starting spot.

"That has to be the goal for us as a club, to bring in the best local talent and give them the chance to excel at this great football club.”

He added: “Both teams are playing elite level sides and are improving each week.”

Fergus leaves in the wake of the club’s forthcoming review of football operations, with CEO Jamie Swinney currently overseeing youth development. Head coach Martin Rennie has taken on Gary Holt’s duties for the time being except this specific area.

It is expected that an appointment to replace Fergus will be announced imminently.