Stirling Albion are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart McLaren as our new manager on a contract until the end of season 2015/16.
The 39-year-old has been the head coach at Loughborough University since 2011 and was previously in charge of Brisbane Strikers before a spell as No 2 at North Queensland Fury in the Australian A-League.
A player with Brisbane Strikers and Brisbane Roar, ‘Skippy’ is fondly remembered for a two-year stint at Forthbank from 1996 to 1998, having joined us from Wollongong Wolves. He also played in Hong Kong and Malaysia before moving into coaching.
Stuart will be assisted by former Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan and their first match in charge will be Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup third-round replay with Hurlford United at Forthbank.
Stirling Albion Chairman Stuart Brown said: “We received more than 30 applications for the post and felt that Stuart was the outstanding candidate.
“He has 10 years’ experience working as an assistant and head coach in senior professional clubs and elite youth development programmes in Australia and England and has a strong network of contacts in various areas of the game in the UK.
“He holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence and it was while doing his coaching badges at Largs that he met Martyn Corrigan. He has asked Martyn, who also holds an ‘A’ Licence, to be his assistant and he has accepted.
“They have a strong mutual respect for each other and I am absolutely delighted to have on board their combination of skills and experience.
“All of the candidates that reached the interview stage were extremely well prepared and I extend my thanks to them, and indeed every applicant, for expressing an interest in becoming the manager of Stirling Albion. They have all been contacted to this effect, in advance of our announcing the successful candidate’s name.
“I would also like to pass on my sincere thanks to Darren Smith and Ross Forsyth for taking charge of first-team affairs since the departure of Greig McDonald and Marc McCulloch a fortnight ago.
“The new management team will meet the players for the first time at training on Tuesday night and we are all looking forward with optimism to the rest of the season.”