image001Haddington Athletic are pleased to confirm with immediate effect that David McGlynn has taken over as team manager from Brian Johnston – he’ll be in charge officially for the first time tomorrow for the Hi Hi’s last home match of the season against Whitburn Juniors, a club he represented during a successful playing career as a prolific goalscoring striker. David, 42, has been helping out behind the scenes at Millfield over recent months, and for some weeks now has directed playing operations from the dugout – terms have been agreed which see his appointment confirmed formally today, with the primary focus largely on having the team mount a serious Premier League promotion challenge next season. Brian Johnston remains at the club in a role which will see him liaise with the management and the club’s committee, having successfully steered the club through a challenging 2016/17 campaign.

 

The Hi Hi’s new boss possesses a terrific pedigree, having been steeped in the game from an early age – he’s a member of a well-known East Lothian footballing family, with dad Charlie and mum May prominent in successfully running Musselburgh Athletic over the past twenty years or so, and uncle John most prominently manager of Hearts and of Raith Rovers. As a teenager David was on Falkirk’s books, before switching to Junior football where he was a regular goalscorer for a decade or so from the mid-1990s during a career which saw him feature for Tranent Juniors, Musselburgh Athletic, Whitburn Juniors and Linlithgow Rose, and included a spell with Berwick Rangers in his early 20s. Injuries contributed to his winding down his playing days prematurely, after he succeeded the late Jackie Myles as Musselburgh manager aged just 29 in October 2004; he guided ‘Burgh into the Superleague in 2009, where they’ve remained ever since, and took them to the Scottish Junior Cup final in 2011, the first time East Lothian had been represented in the final for fifty years. Musselburgh were regular finalists in East Region cup competitions during David’s time in charge, and his achievements at Olive Bank inevitably attracted attention from elsewhere – after just short of a decade in charge there he moved on to Bonnyrigg Rose in September 2014, then in June 2015 took over at the helm of Linlithgow Rose, one of the biggest jobs in Scottish Junior football. During the 2015/16 David notably guided his team to the last 16 of the Scottish Cup, the Rose becoming the first Junior club ever to reach that stage of the competition, but increasing frustration at behind-the-scenes issues saw him tender his resignation at the beginning of October last year. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to progress our Superleague ambitions with David at the helm, and wish him every success in his time at Millfield – given his track record, his coaching abilities and knowledge of the game, we’re confident we’ll enjoy very positive times in the coming months and beyond.

Tribute must be paid to Brian Johnston for the very significant part he’s played in guiding the team through the 2016/17 Premier League season – given the well-documented situation he inherited when he took charge alongside Kevin Twaddle just short of ten months ago, the fact we’re strongly placed to achieve a top half finish is testament to the job Brian’s done. Taking on a post with a playing squad effectively around half-strength at the start of July, just as pre-season preparations commenced, was undoubtedly a challenge – there were fears we might struggle to stay in the second tier, and our initial objective from the outset was simply to stay in the division; that we’ve competed well with teams at the top end of the table, not to mention higher-ranked teams in a memorable Scottish Junior Cup campaign, was more than we could’ve expected when Brian came on board. Brian remains with the club and will have a significant part to play in our operations going forward - all involved with the Hi Hi look forward to working alongside Brian and David as we work towards a successful 2017/18 campaign.