Tynecastle Reveal New Backroom Set Up

Report by Chief Reporter Tom Scott

FORMER Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League Premier Division champions Tynecastle A.F.C. have revealed their new backroom set-up for next season, writes Tom Scott

Vice-Captain Chris Hughes takes on the mantle of player-manager following long-serving boss Bernie Vallely’s decision to stand down due to family commitments.

His shock announcement came less than a week after they came from behind to beat Premier Division rivals Shawbridge A.F.C. 2-1 in the final of the Strathclyde Cup – the first time any club from the Stax Trade Centres-sponsored Strathclyde Saturday Morning Amateur Football League has achieved three final victories.

Founded in 1978, the club have moved quickly to dispel any possibilities of last season’s Premier Division champions folding as former boss Vallely, awarded a Life Membership by the League last summer, announced: “It’s very much a case of promoting from within, which is a sensible decision.”

Revealing the new East End of Glasgow set-up Bernie said: “Chris Hughes is now Player-Manager, and his assistant will be captain Paul McCarthy.

“Andy McLaren is a player-coach, and the rest of the staff remains intact – namely coaches Danny Hutton, who also assumes the role of Club Secretary, Andy Jarvie, and Rab Wyatt. Connor Allan is the club physio, and Bobby Boyle will continue as kit man.”

He added: “The club has a structure and foundation that will see them continue to flourish. It’s a new challenge for Chris, but coupled with the backroom lads that are already there, and are the heart and soul of the club, I have no doubt that the unit will become stronger.  I see no reason why it can’t. All the players are loyal and I don’t expect that to change. They love playing at this club.”


Chris Hughes, nearest the camera, has been appointed Player-Manager at Tynecastle A.F.C., while Andy McLaren, rear,  will be a Player-Coach.

Photograph taken and submitted by Kelly Neilson.

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