Former Dundee and Ayr United defender Dave Rogers has emerged as a surprise candidate for the vacant manager’s position at League 2 side Elgin City.
The 42-year-old, who represented 22 clubs in Ireland, Scotland, England and Holland during an 18-year playing career, is presently the head coach of Indian side DSK Shivajians.
Rogers has contacted the Borough Briggs club as the Maharashtra side are in financial turmoil after spells coaching and working as an assistant manager including a spell with the Liverpool International Football Academy, which has a tie-up with Shivajians.
City are without a manager following the departure of Jim Weir to Forfar last week. His assistant, Gavin Price, took charge of the team for Saturday’s IRN-BRU Cup defeat at The New Saints but has now joined Weir at the Loons who play in League 1.
l Peterhead manager Jim McInally has told his Blue Toon players to stop trying to score goals through intricate passing moves and simply shoot.
The Balmoor men were beaten 3-0 by Caley Thistle in the Irn-Bru Cup and McInally reckons that one of the reasons was that his attack-minded players were looking for killer passes as opposed to thumping drives.
McInally said: “We lost goals early in each half but recovered well both times. We had the better of the game for large periods, however, we could not ask a serious question of Inverness as we could not get a goal back.
“One of the reasons for that is the players were a bit shot-shy. They would get into good positions and then look to slip a team-mate in as opposed to firing a shot towards goal.
“It was surprising to see Rory McAllister and Willie Gibson adopt that approach and when they did it other players such as Jack Leitch copied them.
“Hopefully it is a one off and not something that has cropped into our game as I would much rather we went for goal.”
l New Falkirk manager Paul Hartley is poised to raid former club Dundee as he looks to build his backroom staff at the Bairns.
The former Dens Park manager, who takes charge of the Bairns for the first time when Caley Thistle visit Falkirk Stadium on Saturday, is believed to be keen on taking former Airdrie manager Jimmy Boyle as well as Dark Blues skipper James McPake to the Championship side.
Boyle is presently Dundee’s head of youth development and, while former Livingston,
Coventry and Hibs defender McPake has not played since January 2016 due to a knee injury, he has secured a Uefa A coaching licence.