- Published: Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:00
- Written by Andy Skinner
Turriff United last night unveiled Ross Jack as their new manager, with the former Elgin City boss taking over from Mark Simpson on a three-year contract at the Haughs.
Jack took his place in the stand to watch his new team draw 1-1 against Buckie Thistle last night, with caretaker manager Mike McKenzie maintaining his unbeaten spell in charge of the club.
However, Jack and assistant Bobby Beckwith will take to the dugout for the first time on Saturday, with champions Brora Rangers making the trip to Aberdeenshire.
Former Ross County, Dunfermline and Norwich City forward Jack spoke of his positive first impressions of United both on and off the field, when he spoke to http://www.hflhub.com reporter Andy Skinner this evening:
"I was approached and when I came to see the club I was very impressed. It is an ambitious club with a board, directors and sponsors who want to take the club as far as it can possibly go.
"I was also very impressed by the facilities at Turriff; the ground, the new terracing and the training area. There is a freshness about the place, and it caught my imagination. It is an enthusiastic, bright and bubbly club and just what I want. The club didn't have to sell much to me. It's amazing how quickly the club has evolved into the position it is now from its junior days."
Jack left Elgin in January after nearly five years in charge at Borough Briggs, and after three months on the sidelines the 55 year-old insists he's raring to go again:
"I had tentative offers around the place, both south of the border and here. The Scottish game is a bit stagnant at the moment for jobs, it's all about waiting to see if this happens, and you can't hang on like that. The batteries have been recharged, I am involved with people who are enthusiastic, and meet the ambitions of me and Bobby Beckwith.
"There is a good team here, and I want to carry on the good work. The manager before me did a good job.
"I said to the boys last night that we're all in it for them. There is a magnificent opportunity for the players, and we want them to be as good as they possibly can and get right to the top of the Highland League, and even further. They have every chance, and we will give them all the coaching we can to help them."
"Turriff have tapped into the Aberdeen side of things a bit more than the other way, and there is also a vibrant youth policy which we are keen to keep going. That is not to say players will be in the first-team just because they are from Turriff, but we want to give local youngsters a real chance."
Although the new management team will be in the home dugout on Saturday, Jack revealed caretaker McKenzie will still be in control of team selection for the next two matches, with the club remaining unbeaten during the forward's temporary tenure:
"Myself and Bobby will be in the dugout on Saturday, although Mike will be selecting the team as he has a cup final to think of on Wednesday. We will give him every support and every help, and if we need to make decisions we will do. It'll be a good chance for the guys to go and test themselves against Brora and see how they do. Mike has been mindful of the cup final, and some boys missed out on the Buckie game in order they are all ready for the cup final.
"Mike will take charge in the cup final as well. He took the players to the final, and again we will be in the dugout to give him all the support he requires. Like I say, we are not going to take his glory, if we win I will be the first one to give Mike all the credit for it."