Ex-Clyde duo take charge at Hamilton

HAMILTON Accies are under new ownership after the Second Division club was taken over yesterday by Glasgow businessman Ronnie MacDonald and Stirlingshire builder George Fairley.

The two were previously in charge at Clyde, but have been out of football for a year.

MacDonald, who will be chairman of the football company, and Fairley, the chief executive, have already brought in Dennis Gowans, who was with them at Clyde, as the stadium director.

Previous owner Jim Watson remains a director of the Hamilton Accies stadium company, but MacDonald emphasised: "He will have no input into the football club. We will be appointing a new board of directors of the football club and neither he, nor anyone associated with him, will be on that board.

"We will be in full charge of the budget and all financial and football matters. Our immediate aim will be to secure the future of this club and to stabilise it."

The track record of MacDonald and Fairley is impressive, lifting Clyde from the Second Division to the First as well as stabilising the club financially.

Earlier this week Hamilton, who narrowly escaped relegation to the Third Division, released all but three of their players in a cost-cutting exercise.

Present manager Chris Hillcoat, youth coach Paul McDonald and secretary Scott Struthers remain in position, and MacDonald said: "We will sit down with them and discuss how they see the future."

It is thought that Alan Maitland, who was a success as manager of Clyde but left at the same time as MacDonald and Fairley, may be brought in as the new manager.

Meanwhile experienced winger Robert Dunn is the surprise name on the list of free transfers at Stirling Albion after the Forthbank club released 14 players yesterday.

Stirling have also released strikers Steve Kerrigan and Steve Mallon along with goalkeepers Chris Reid and Anton Nugent. The others to go are David Butler, Blair Cremin, Fraser Duncan, Ross Johnston, Gareth Munro, David McCole, Kenny McLellan, Stephen Reilly and Willie Stuart.

Albion Rovers have released midfielder Jim Dick, striker Charlie McLean and winger Paul Bonar.

Montrose striker Steve Kerrigan has accepted a new deal to stay at the club but both Ralph Brand and Colin McDonald have been released.

Forfar have allowed Mark Coccozza, Brian McCloy and Kevin Milne to leave.

Queen of the South have signed goalkeeper John Dodds, who was released by Ayr United. Dumbarton have signed 17-year-old central defender Gary Martin and 18-year-old Kerr Christie.