Following the departure last week of John McGlynn to join Hearts, Raith Rovers Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of its new football management team.
Grant Murray becomes our new manager on a two year contract while Paul Smith will continue as Assistant Manager. Laurie Ellis completes the team, becoming 1st team coach also on a two year deal. Both Grant and Laurie will, of course, also continue to be registered as players.
Vice chairman Turnbull Hutton commented, “Whilst we were sorry to lose John McGlynn, the board always knew that it was possible that a manager of John’s calibre would get the opportunity to develop his career at a top flight club. We therefore had a ready-made succession plan in place, should the need arise. Encouraged by John, both Grant and Laurie have taken their coaching qualifications while continuing with their playing careers and, along with their knowledge of all the retained players, this made them both ideal candidates to take the step up at this time. Additionally, the fact that they are both model professionals in their own right will mean that they will have no difficulty, we are sure, in commanding the respect of the dressing room. Completing the management team is Paul Smith. Paul, who is currently on holiday, has been and will continue to be a vital cog in the wheel, even moreso now given that both Grant and Laurie could well be on the pitch.”
The board looks forward to the new campaign with the new team slipping quickly into place, and we are sure that all supporters will give Grant, Paul and Laurie their wholehearted backing.
Speaking immediately after signing his new management contract, Grant Murray added, “I am thrilled and excited to become player manager of Raith Rovers. I’m looking forward to working with Paul and Laurie, developing the relationships that already exist with them and with the rest of the staff and building on what is a great work ethic at the club. I also wish place on record my thanks to John McGlynn. I’m obviously delighted for John that he has got this move, and after the initial disappointment of learning that Raith Rovers would be losing him, I’m excited to be getting this opportunity to take over from him.”
Laurie Ellis, whose upcoming testimonial match to mark 10 years of exemplary service is against John McGlynn’s Hearts, also commented, “I am absolutely delighted, and very grateful, to be given this opportunity by the board of directors and I can’t wait to start. I will support Grant and Paul in every way possible. The education and help that John McGlynn has given Grant and myself over the last few years is greatly appreciated and it’s fitting that his return to Stark’s Park is the first game of his new challenge. For my part, I can’t wait to start my own new challenge!“
A further announcement will be made in due course regarding the ongoing management of the youth academy which will remain an important component of football operations.