Fort William have undergone a mass overhaul with Ashley Hollyer replacing Calum MacLean as manager while Peter Murphy has also stepped down as chairman.
MacLean had only been back at Claggan Park since January, when he started a third stint in charge after he answered the club’s call to replace Russell MacMorran.
MacLean made an instant impact on his return to the Highland League, delivering away victories over Clachnacuddin and Turriff United within his first month back at the club.
Although Fort were at the foot of the table when the season was cut short due to coronavirus, their long list of outstanding fixtures meant they finished in 16th place above Lossiemouth on average points per game, which meant they avoided a third successive bottom placed finish.
Despite agreeing a new contract with Fort in the summer, MacLean has now had a change of heart following the decision to pause the start of the Highland League season until November 28.
MacLean’s departure paves the way for Hollyer, who was previously in charge at amateur side NMM Sam’s in the Inverness and District league.
Hollyer will be assisted by Paul Coutts, with Scott Gardiner drafted in as first team coach.
Outgoing MacLean says he was keen to make way for a younger management team, and he said: “It’s time for someone younger to enter the mix.
“The job requires a lot of energy and enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing how Ashley and his team do when the league finally gets going.”
Also stepping down is chairman Murphy, who has spent the last two years in the role with the Lochaber outfit.
Murphy has cited personal reasons for his departure, with the club confirming they will hold an AGM to appoint his successor as chairman at a future date.
Murphy said: “It is with great regret that I step down from my role as chairman for personal reasons. I’ve enjoyed the last two years immensely and hope to continue my involvement in this great club to some extent.
“I wish the club all the very best in the coming season and look forward to seeing the club succeed on and off the park.”
Vice-chairman Colin Wood said: “We thank Peter for everything he has done for the club and will hold an AGM as soon as it is sensible to do so.”