End of an era as Gilly bows out

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

THIS week it was announced that the management team of Ian Gilzean and Graeme Christie had parted ways with Carnoustie Panmure, writes Johnston Ralston.

The news was confirmed by the club on Monday night and GazetteSport later caught up with Ian to talk about his departure.

He explained: “Graeme Christie and myself had talked about this for a couple of weeks. There comes a point when you know it’s the right time to go.

“Our contracts were up as well at the end of the season and we felt that the time had come for us to stand down and give someone else the chance to drive the club forward.

“As I said we had known for a little while and ideally we wanted to wait until after the cup but with Saturday’s game being cancelled I called up and asked to speak to the chairman [David J. Laing] and told him what we’d been thinking and he agreed.”

During his time with the Gowfers Ian has been in charge for 113 games with 48 wins, 20 draws and 45 defeats, netting a total of 222 goals for and 197 against.

He looks back at his time with fondness. He said: “It’s been brilliant. When I first came here the squad needed a lot of work and it was a steep learning curve for us that first year.

“It was our plan to be promoted within two years and the second season we managed that.

“Last year in the Super League, with 10 games to go a lot of people had written us off, but we were made of sterner stuff and we showed great commitment and stepped up to the mark.

“What we always wanted to do was improve year on year and we have managed that. We are a lot better off than we were three and a half years ago when I came in the door.”

Ian is now looking forward to enjoying some time on the golf course and the former Dundee player is hoping to also catch a few games from outside the dugout.

He said: “I’ll maybe have time to go and see a couple of games at Dens while Dundee is in the SPL!”

He added: “You always want to do better. You look back and think, could I have done better in the Scottish Cup, but it could have been worse as well.”

A spokesperson for Carnoustie Panmure JFC said: “Everyone at the club would like to thank Ian and Graeme for their commitment and contribution to the club during their three and a half year period. We wish them all the very best for the future.

“Coach Alan McSkimming will take up the position of interim manager over the next few weeks. He will be assisted by club captain Stuart Ferguson.”

The club has invited applicants to apply for the vacant posts in writing, marked private and confidential to club secretary Andrew Finlay, 156 Kinloch Street, Carnoustie, DD7 7JQ, or to club chairman David J. Laing, Laing House, Panmure Industrial Estate, Carnoustie, DD7 7NP.