Further to the announcement made earlier this week, we are now in a position to provide the following update:
Stirling Albion Chairman Stuart Brown said: “With effect from the beginning of pre-season training for 2015/16, the Under 20 Development Team will train (or play a match) three nights per week, ensuring that week on week they have a minimum of two training nights. Stuart McLaren will have overall management of the First Team and Under 20s.
“The Under 20 players being kept on for next season were advised last night of what is expected of them both on and off the pitch and will be assisted with all aspects of their development, including physical and mental fitness, diet and nutrition, in addition to enhancing their footballing abilities.
“In carrying out his over-arching role, Stuart (McLaren) will, of course, continue to be assisted by Martyn Corrigan (Assistant Manager) and David Westwood (Goalkeeping Coach). In addition, Ross Forsyth will take on Player/Coach responsibilities and Andy Todd (Community Engagement Manager) will add further to the coaching resource working under Stuart’s guidance.
“Ross and Andy will have specific responsibility for the Under 20s and both are commencing their UEFA “B” Licence course this month as part of their coach education process. Ross and Andy took their first session with the Under 20s last night and the squad will meet once more (next Tuesday) before taking a well-earned break until late June.”
Stuart McLaren said: “I am delighted that Ross and Andy have agreed to accept the roles of Under 20 coaches in the Club’s new structure for season 2015/16. I look forward to working closely with them to accelerate the development of our talented young players.
“Ross has the personal qualities, football knowledge, and leadership characteristics required to be a very good coach. He will also continue to be a valued member of the First-Team playing squad for next season. Andy already has considerable coaching experience with younger age groups under his belt and is more than ready and capable of stepping up to Under 20 level.
“As we said to the players last night, there has never been a better time to be an Under 20 player at Stirling Albion in respect of the potential to become a First-Team player, and Ross and Andy will play a significant role in that being the case.”
Ross Forsyth said: “I am delighted to have been asked by the manager and the club to take up the role as player/coach for next season. Having been with the club for such a long time, the opportunity to continue that relationship and help support the vision of the Board, the manager and coaching staff is something I am very proud of.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to start my coaching career, learn my trade, and blend that with continuing to play a part on the pitch. I am looking forward to a successful season, developing our young players and getting the club back into SPFL1.”
Andy Todd said: “I have the utmost respect for Stuart and the opportunity to work under his guidance is a huge boost to my coaching development. Working alongside a player of Ross’s experience is an added bonus. I have worked closely with Stuart (McLaren) during the season by scouting and providing match reports on opposition teams and see this as a natural progression.
“I am very conscious that we have an extremely talented group of Under 20s and the opportunity to work with them to take their development to the next level is a challenge that I am looking forward to immensely.”