Bradley’s the man for Rose

031211 Linlithgow rose v St Andrews
031211 Linlithgow rose v St Andrews
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LINLITHGOW Rose have appointed Mark Bradley as their new manager.

Bradley (35) was told he had secured the job on Tuesday with the Rose committee believing he was the “best man” for the post.

A total of 15 candidates applied for what is probably the top managerial role in junior football. The number was then whittled down to just four for interviewing purposes.

Jim Harkins, Linlithgow Rose secretary, said: “Mark has been with the club since 2006 and is a double Scottish Junior Cup winner.

‘‘He has the desire and commitment to make an impression and he knows what it means to be involved in such a big club as Linlithgow Rose.”

The secretary added that the club had also appointed Derek Fleming as the new player/coach with an assistant manager set to be appointed within days.

Bradley, who took over as caretaker manager following the departure of Dave Baikie, said he relished the appointment and told the Journal and Gazette: “I am absolutely delighted the committee has shown confidence in me to take over the reins at Prestonfield. This is my first managerial post and they don’t come much higher in junior football.”

On his appointment of Derek Fleming as player/coach, he said: “Derek and I go back some 22 years when we were both at Hearts. He has huge experience and I know he will great with the players.”

And with regard to hanging up his own boots, Bradley said: “I thought I still had another couple of years left as a player but jobs like this don’t come along too often and it was just too good an opportunity to miss to get into football management.”

He will, however, continue to be registered as a player in case of an emergency.

Since taking over the reins at the club last month, Bradley has led the Rose to two wins, over St Andrews and Kilmarnock. But his first official match in charge is guaranteed to be a baptism of fire as the Rose meet Bo’ness United in the Super League at Newtown Park on Saturday, January 7.

He said: “The match will take care of itself as I don’t think I will need to inspire any player to perform against Bo’ness. We have a good record against Bo’ness at Newtown Park other than the Scottish Junior Cup defeat earlier this season. We will going there to win the game!”