COVE RANGERS ANNOUNCE PAUL HARTLEY AS FULL-TIME FOOTBALL MANAGER
COVE Rangers are delighted to announce former Scotland, Aberdeen, Celtic and Hearts captain Paul Hartley - who was also boss of Dundee, Falkirk and Alloa Athletic - as the club’s new football manager.
Gordon Young, who was Paul’s assistant manager at Championship side Falkirk, and fitness coach Tam Ritchie have also come on board as part of the club’s football management team.
Paul - who will be working full-time for the club - and Gordon take over from co-managers John Sheran and Graeme Mathieson, who led Cove Rangers to promotion into the SPFL. John, who suffered a heart attack in April, will now join the Board as the Director of Football.
Cove Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse said: “We are delighted Paul Hartley, Gordon Young and Tam Ritchie have agreed to join us.
“The changes to our management team were imposed upon us after John decided he could no longer continue as co-manager.
“We appreciate everything that John and Graeme have done for the club and saw this as an opportunity to bring in an experienced SPFL management team with a proven track record.
“We are delighted to appoint our first full time football manager and believe that Paul has everything required to ensure that we are prepared for life in the SPFL.
“Both Paul and Gordon are highly qualified coaches who have worked at the very top level in both club and international football.
“Tam provides his experience of sports science and years of coaching athletes at elite levels.
“They are a perfect fit for Cove Rangers as we prepare for the challenge of competing in the SPFL for the first time.”
Paul, 42, was a trophy winning midfield player with Hibernian, Hearts, Celtic and Aberdeen, his last senior club.
He also gained 25 caps for Scotland before moving into football management with Alloa Athletic in 2011, where he carried out a major revamp of the playing staff.
Paul delivered instant success, leading Alloa Athletic to back-to-back promotions, as champions of what was then the Third Division, in 2012, and via the play-offs, up into the Championship in 2013.
Paul moved to Dundee in February 2014 and they won the Championship title that season to gain promotion into Scottish football’s top-flight.
He left the Dark Blues in April 2017 and was appointed as manager of Falkirk in October of that year.
Paul moved on from Falkirk in August 2018.
He agreed to assist Cove Rangers towards the end of last season by assisting with the preparations ahead of the play-off games against East Kilbride and Berwick Rangers.
Gordon, 55, is one of the most highly respected coaches in the Scottish game.
Like Paul, he has a UEFA pro-license and spent 13 years at Motherwell, initially as director of their youth academy.
Gordon was praised for the work he did overhauling their junior academy, community programme and youth coaching and scouting network.
Gordon was also caretaker manager of the Steelmen on three occasions and their first team coach, during which time Motherwell achieved three top six SPL finishes, made it to a Scottish Cup final and two semi-finals and qualified for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions.
He was manager of Sheffield United’s international academy from 2013 until his move to Dundee United in 2015, to become assistant manager to Mixu Paatelainen.
He was also caretaker manager of the Tangerines before agreeing to become Barry Smith’s assistant at East Fife in December 2016.
Gordon then accepted the offer to join up with Paul at Falkirk in January of last year.
He was caretaker of the Bairns for a short spell after Paul left the club.
Gordon was also Mixu’s assistant with the Latvian international side and was appointed manager of Latvian club side FK Liepaja in September 2018.
Tam, 57, was on the coaching staff at Hearts when Paul played for them and they also worked together at Alloa, Dundee and Falkirk.
He is a former Scottish international 800m runner and first became involved in coaching footballers in the 1990s, when he was asked to assist Craig Levein when he became manager of Cowdenbeath. Tam has also coached at East Fife and Belgian side RSC Charleroi.