Lumsden in charge for now at Linlithgow Rose

Todd Lumsden is looking at things on a game-by-game basis following Davie McGlynns departure.
Todd Lumsden is looking at things on a game-by-game basis following Davie McGlynns departure.

Linlithgow Rose officials will sit down on Monday night to begin the process of sifting through candidates to succeed Davie McGlynn.

Closing date for applications for the vacant manager’s job at Prestonfield was midnight on Wednesday night.

Chairman Les Donaldson said it was important they took whatever time was needed to get the right man in place.

He said: “Obviously at this time of the season we’re looking for someone who can come in and put his own stamp on the players we have got and see if he can get us any kind of success this year.

“It won’t happen overnight. It’s very important that we get the right person.

“There’s a desperate need to stabilise the club and we need a manager who can come in and do that.”

The Rose chairman did not rule out Todd Lumsden, McGlynn’s former assistant, who has been placed in charge until a new man is in place.

For his part, Lumsden is simply concentrating on matters on the pitch with Rose involved in a series of cup competitions this month.

After Saturday’s Fife & Lothians Cup win over Pumpherston, Rose take on Thornton Hibs at home this week in the East of Scotland Cup - with a home tie against local rivals Bo’ness United awaiting the winners.

That’s followed by the senior Scottish Cup tie with Stirling Albion at Prestonfield and a Scottish Junior Cup match with Clydebank the following week.

Lumsden said: “It’s always good to win 4-1 on Saturday and I thought we played well.

“The players have very high expectation levels of themselves and I think they were a bit anxious in the first half hour and were trying to go long.

“But getting two quick goals just before half-time settled us and I didn’t think we were in any danger after that.”

Any hopes of a Pumpherston comeback were ended 10 minutes into the second period when new signing Lewis Small marked his debut with a goal and Lumsden believes the 21-year-old former Falkirk striker will be a decent addition to the squad.

Lumsden said: “He’s a young player who’s still learning his trade but he’s a livewire and showed how he’s prepared to work hard when he has the ball and, just as important, to work hard when he doesn’t have it.”

With the league title already looking out of reach, cups seem Rose’s best chance of landing a trophy making this weekend’s clash with Thornton Hibs an important win.

Rose went out to Bo’ness last year so the draw for the next round hands them a possible chance of revenge, but first of all they have to do the business on Saturday.

Lumsden said: “A game against Bo’ness would be something to look forward to but we have to concentrate on Saturday first of all.

“When it comes to any cup ties the sole objective is to get through. If you go on to win a cup nobody remembers that you didn’t play well in the first round.”

And while it’s not been the best of starts to the season for Rose, Lumsden believes that his side’s injury crisis has been a major factor and that “we’re not a million miles away” once everybody is fit.

As for his own future, the former Arbroath boss is just taking things one step at a time: “The club have asked me to take charge of the training sessions and matches until a decision is made, so that’s what I’m focussing on and we’ll see what happens.”