Buckie Thistle have confirmed the departure of their most successful manager in the history of the Highland League club.
Gregg Carroll quit at the weekend telling the Jags board that he wished to retire from football, his assistant Gary Hake now looks set to take over as manager.
Club acting president Garry Farquhar said last night that he regretted the decision of the manager who led his club to successive league titles and the Highland League Cup over the last three season.
Farquhar said: “Gregg had spoken about this in the past but he finally came to the decision to step down towards the end of last week. His decision is perhaps down to the fact that we won the Highland League Cup, that was the only trophy that had eluded him as a manager.
“It is then with regret that we have to accept Gregg’s decision to retire from the game, his record speaks for itself. We have won trophies and he has taken us into some great Scottish Cup runs.
“Gary Hake is now in charge – hopefully that will be a long-term appointment.”
In what has been a remarkable weekend for the former champions Iain MacRae agreed to sign for the Jags at the weekend in a last-minute turnaround.
The 28-year-old Rothes midfielder was thought to have completed a deal with Charlie Charlesworth’s new side – but instead signed for his hometown club.
MacRae made his first moves into a future of coaching when he completed his SFA 'C' license earlier this year, saying at the time: "I want to go into coaching and management when I finish playing, I want to get as many badges as I can and learn off people who have been at the top."