New Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin delighted with dugout return following 18-month absence



New Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin admits he is thrilled to be back in the dugout after fearing he had become a forgotten man.

The 52-year-old one-time St Mirren boss was unveiled as Colin Cameron’s successor yesterday, returning to Shielfield for a second stint after leading the Wee Gers to the old third division title in 2007.

Shielfield Park
Coughlin played for and managed Berwick in the past


Coughlin has been out of the game since departing East Stirling in summer 2014 and confessed that he thought his time at senior level had come to a premature end.

Coughlin, who plans to take a back seat for today’s visit of Stirling Albion with Under-20s joint manager Myles Allen in charge, said: “It’s great to be back in football again. After three years at East Stirling I thought I needed a break.

“I had been wanting to get back into football but when you take into account where you’re based and the traveling, then there are not a lot of jobs that you can apply for.

“This one came up and I went for it.

“I had start to resign myself to the fact that I might not manage again at senior level. The juniors has never really appealed to me to be honest but it’s great to be back involved at Berwick.

“I have happy memories from my time here before when we won the league.”