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New Cove Rangers boss Paul Hartley back in management with a point to prove

Hartley took the Cove Rangers job at the start of last month.
Hartley took the Cove Rangers job at the start of last month.

Paul Hartley admits he feels he has a point to prove after returning to football management with Cove Rangers.

The former Aberdeen captain has been out of work since being sacked as Falkirk manager last August after losing the opening three league games of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Hartley, who guided Alloa to successive promotions in his first managerial job before moving to Dundee in 2014, replaces John Sheran and Graeme Mathieson at the SPFL’s newest club.

Sheran, who suffered a heart attack in April, has become the club’s director of football, while Mathieson and first team coach Roy McBain have left the club.

Hartley said: “I think you always have something to prove.

“Falkirk was a tough gig.

“I made mistakes there but was I given enough time? I don’t think so.

“You have to learn from that.

“Once you come out of the game you look at what you could have done better.

“I have been given another opportunity and hopefully it is one we can grasp.

“It has been a long 10 months but I’m delighted to be back in.”

The former Scotland international will be assisted by Gordon Young, who was Hartley’s assistant at Falkirk, and fitness coach Tam Ritchie.

Hartley, who played for Celtic, Hearts and Scotland, developed a reputation as one of the most promising managers in Scottish football when he led Alloa to successive promotions in his first job in the dugout.

He left the Wasps midway through the 2013-14 season to take charge of Dundee and guided the Dark Blues to the Championship title to win a third promotion in a row.

The 42-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal, was impressed by the ambition shown by the Highland League champions as they gear up for a first season in League 2.

He said: “It reminds me a bit of the set up in Alloa in terms of the set-up.

“The board was also ambitious and I was given time to work there.

“I made mistakes at a lower level but you were under the radar a bit. I’m sure I will make mistakes here.

“I have that energy back again.”

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