A new management team has been swiftly appointed to replace George Shields and assistant Lee Wilkie, who stood down last week.
Montrose FC Club chairman Derek Sim told the Review: “Montrose Football Club are pleased to confirm the appointment of Paul Hegarty as team manager and John Holt as assistant manager.
“Paul had a distinguished 18-year playing career with over 900 games for Hamilton Accies, Dundee United and St Johnstone in addition to playing for Scotland on eight occasions.
“He brings a stature, passion, an authoritative but winning mentality approach to management and the club is confident his extensive coaching and management ability will ensure Montrose FC retains its SPFL status.
“John Holt returns to Links Park following his time as manager in the early ‘90s. John had a long career as a player and since finishing his career he was appointed to assist in developing youth academies at Dundee and Dundee United.”
Unfortunately, the new boys had a baptism of fire at Borough Briggs on Saturday, as Elgin City earned a comprehensive victory by four goals to nil.
And to add injury to insult, the team which was previously in the league’s foundation stone position, East Stirling, had a one-nil victory over Albion, and are now two points clear of the new bottom team, Montrose.
After the game, Mr Hegarty said his first task is to boost sagging morale.
He continued: “Up until their first goal we had most of the play, and played some decent stuff.
“We lost a poor goal from a corner, and then we missed a penalty.
“Had we scored there, the game could have changed as we had been looking lively.”
The Review believes there is still plenty of time to turn things around, and the ‘glass half-full’ pundits will tell you that the Gable Endies are only 11 points away from a play-off place.
Now there’s a thought!