Queen of the South have named Gavin Skelton as their new manager and the former Kilmarnock player has immediately set himself the target of leading the Doonhamers to next season’s Championship play-offs.
The 35-year-old has stepped up from his position as number two to the departed James Fowler.
Queens parted company with Fowler at the end of the campaign following a seventh place finish in the second their.
One-time Carlisle, Gretna, Killie and Hamilton playmaker Skelton led Workington to second in the English Northern Premier League in 2015 before becoming Fowler’s assistant last summer.
Skelton said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity as manager of Queen of the South.
“Now I can start plans and preparations for what will be an exciting and hopefully successful season.
“As a club, we will strive to compete for a place in the play offs in a very strong league.
“The club have re-signed a number of players in the last few weeks and I will be looking to add a few new faces to the squad.
“Having been at the club last year I know there is a good mix of experienced players alongside some exciting young players who I expect to play a big part this season.
“I will be working extremely hard to ensure I produce a committed, passionate and talented team that all Queen of the South supporters will enjoy watching and most importantly be proud to support.”
Chairman Billy Hewitson said: “We spoke to a number of applicants but were impressed with Gavin’s enthusiasm and ambition, his knowledge of football in both Scotland and Northern England, and his desire to see more regular training sessions held in Dumfries.”
Queens have also appointed club legend Jim Thomson as their Football Development Officer.