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Clachnacuddin recruit new coaching team

By Alasdair Fraser

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CLACHNACUDDIN will tackle the coming season with a brand-new coaching team in place after recruiting two retired former players of Scottish league pedigree.

Manager Sandy McLeod (centre) with Clachnacuddin's new first-team coaches Jordan MacDonald (left) and Gary Farquhar. Picture by Donald Cameron
Manager Sandy McLeod (centre) with Clachnacuddin's new first-team coaches Jordan MacDonald (left) and Gary Farquhar. Picture by Donald Cameron

The Lilywhites are looking to up the ante and support manager Sandy McLeod as he strives to improve on last season’s disappointing run of results, which left the club third bottom with only four wins from 27 games.

There is, as yet, no clarity on when the Highland game will restart as the Covid-19 lockdown is eased.

But the Merkinch club signalled it was ready to kick-off again by drafting in former St Johnstone and Caley Thistle midfielder Gary Farquhar and ex-Inverness team-mate Jordan MacDonald as the men to underpin McLeod’s efforts.

Previous player-assistant Sean Webb had already left the club.

McLeod, a hugely popular figure with the fans as a double-winning captain in the famous 2003/04 season, faced a baptism of fire after taking the job as successor to Brian MacLeod in late August last year.

Limited funds and a reliance on talented, but inexperienced young players made it tough, but matters were made worse by the devastating fire at the ground on Christmas Eve. After a huge community effort in recovering from the blaze, Clach were again knocked off course by Covid-19, but are now looking very much to the future.

Club director Peter Corbett admitted: “Last season was a disappointing one, on and off the pitch, and the addition of Jordan and Gary will form a strong team off the park.

“They will support Sandy with training, coaching, team selection and adding some guidance to the many young players who will benefit from their great years of experience. They will also be looking to add players to the squad for the season when it begins.”

Manager Sandy Macleod said: “ I have known Jordan and Gary for many years as friends and team-mates, and I’m delighted they have agreed to join me. We are looking forward with optimism to getting the all-clear to begin training and playing football again.”

MacDonald started his career with Caley Thistle before spells with Elgin City and Clach. He then joined amateurs Inverness City as a player and manager for nine years.

Farquhar, a Caithness native, began at Brora Rangers and savoured a fine full-time spell with St Johnstone before a year at Caley Thistle. He then had spells with Wick Academy, Nairn County, Clach and Inverness City.

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