Arbroath captain Mark Whatley insists promotion is still possible after losing manager Todd Lumsden



Arbroath captain Mark Whatley insists promotion from League Two can still be salvaged despite a poor run of form costing manager Todd Lumsden his job.

Former Rangers youth coach Lumsden and assistant Steven Hislop were dismissed at the weekend after a narrow defeat at Stirling Albion saw the Red Litchties’ winless spell stretch to six games.

The Arbroath board wasted little time in naming Lumsden’s successor after today appointing experienced manager Dick Campbell to the dugout.

markwhatleyAnd ahead of tonight’s encounter at Berwick Rangers, eighth place Arbroath are only eight points adrift of the play-offs with nine games to play and midfielder Whatley insists their season can still end on a high.

He said: “As a player it’s never nice to see your manager lose his job. For us, it’s been an up and down season with results.

“As players we can only concentrate on what happens on the pitch

“We’ve got nine games starting from Tuesday and hopefully we can kick on and see where that takes us.

“There’s a lot of points to play for, hopefully we can go on another wee run.

“The league is just so tight. We won five from six over Christmas which was a good run but that’s been a few defeats and draws. It can change so quickly either way.

“There’s a good spirit in the changing room and we’ve always been together so hopefully we can respond in the right way.”