Golabek holds reins as Inverness Athletic search for manager
INVERNESS Athletic caretaker manager Jason Golabek has has been tasked with lifting the players ahead of Saturday’s match against Thurso at Inverness Royal Academy following the dismissal of manager Shane Carling.
Carling left the club after a 21-month spell which saw the club reach its first cup final and finish fifth last season after being in contention for the North Caledonian League title.
However, a poor run of form this season led to the decision to let him go.
“We will try to lift the players and instil a bit of confidence,” said Golabek.
“We need to freshen things up and go again. We need to see what kind of response we get from the players - but we will be looking for a good performance against Thurso.”
He added: “It will be a tough match, they are not getting any easier just now. We will try to get the players back to where they were at the start of the season.”
Andrew Miller is a doubt for Saturday’s match against the Vikings. The on-loan defender from Strathspey Thistle picked up a knock in the 3-1 defeat against Halkirk United last Saturday and is struggling to be fit.
Athletic felt they should have had a penalty after 15 minutes when Ryan Ingram appeared to be fouled in the box by the Halkirk keeper, but nothing was given.
To make matters worse the visitors who took the lead in the 32nd minute when Kyle Henderson finished off a slick counter-attack.
But Athletic got back on level terms a couple of minutes later.
Phil MacDonald latched on to a James Murray flick-on to steer the ball into the net.
Athletic got off to the worst possible start to the second half.
A mix up in the home defence allowed James Mackintosh the simplest of tasks of knocking the ball home from close range.
Athletic’s fate was sealed in the 75th minute when Ben Gordon scored with a stunning drive.