Mulheron returns to football as assistant to Carling at North Caledonian League newcomers Loch Ness
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More than a few supporters down the years will have described their club’s management as a bunch of comedians.
When Loch Ness FC appointed Rab Mulheron as assistant, they knew that’s exactly what they were getting.
When it comes to football, though, the experienced Mulheron sets aside his popular stand-up and after-dinner acts and knuckles down to the serious stuff.
The North Caledonian Football League new boys’ manager Shane Carling wanted to tap into Mulheron’s vast contacts and coaching experience at nine Highland League clubs including Clach, Nairn County and Brora Rangers.
As preparations continue ahead of a first senior league test at home to Scourie, Carling said: “I’ve known Rab a long time. He took me to the juniors as a player about 18 years ago and to Fort William as well.
“As we step up to semi-pro status, I wanted to pick someone as assistant who had that experience, and who is well-known and connected. Especially if you’re looking for loan players, he knows everyone in the Highland League.
“You know you’ll get 100 per cent from him, all the way. He had quit the game when I bumped into him about two months before offering him the position. He said he was done with football and just concentrating on his comedy.
“When I called him, I wasn’t sure what he’d say but, straight away he was keen and on board. He knows our club and knows it has been together for 20 years now.
“I sold it to him and he felt he couldn’t say no.”