Arniston Rangers wait on postman to deliver a new manager

ARNISTON RANGERS secretary Alan Walker was hoping to be snowed under with application's for the vacant manager's position at the East Region Premier Division club.

But the search for Brian McNaughton's successor is now set to be extended after the big freeze brought the process to a grinding halt.

Applications for the position had to be made in writing, with the committee having set a deadline of this Friday.

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"There's nothing doing at the moment and the reason for that is I've not had any mail for nearly a fortnight now due to the weather," reported Walker.

"It is very frustrating and, due to the fact the weather is not showing any signs of letting up, we are probably going to have to extend the deadline."

McNaughton's second spell in charge at Newbyres Park came to an end after his side crashed 9-0 at home to Glenrothes last month - a game they finished with only seven men on the park.

"We were hoping to get a lot of interest in the job and that may still be the case. We'll just need to see what the post brings," added Walker.

"Another problem at the moment is that we haven't been able to hold any committee meetings due to the weather."

One man who has thrown hit hat into the ring is Max Christie, the son of former Meadowbank and Stenhousemuir boss Terry.

He was McNaughton's No.?2 and took charge of the side for their only game since his departure - a battling 4-2 defeat at Premier Division leaders Broxburn.

The axing of McNaughton has led to reported unrest in the dressing-room, with striker Lewis Coult having asked for a transfer.

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It was reported last week that Cowdenbeath were interested in signing Coult, the son of former Arniston manager Ronnie, but Walker is still waiting for the Fifers to get back in touch.

He believes the new manager will inherit a decent squad and is calling on the players to respond positively to the recent events at the club.

"As in life, football isn't about roses all the time and I'd like to think we can all act like adults and get on with things," said the Arniston secretary.