Montrose put three on list

MONTROSE FC Director of Football Kenny Black has explained the club's reasons for transfer-listing John Baird, Mark Peat and Stephen Thomson.

"I feel it is in the best interests of both the club and these players if they move on and get a fresh start," said Kenny.

Baird has said he no longer wants to play for Montrose, but the other two have not asked to leave.

"Greg Kelly has done well in goal for us recently and as a club we cannot sustain two experienced goalkeepers in him and Mark Peat.

"Stephen Thomson has been unlucky with injury and if these players move on it will create space in the squad for some of our youngsters.

"If we don't give youth a chance, there is no point in having a youth development programme."

Ironically, both Peat and Thomson were back in training this week after lengthy spells out with injury.

"If something comes up for these players that is beneficial for both them and the club, they will probably move on."

John Baird is currently on loan at Brechin, but so far the Glebe Park side have not moved to make his transfer permanent.

Montrose are still waiting for their first action of 2009 after their trip to Forfar on Saturday was postponed because of frost.

"I was disappointed not to get a game, but we knew there was a doubt the night before and we arranged a bounce game between ourselves at Links Park.

"We opened the gates and 50-60 fans turned up to see a 4-4 draw."

Montrose are now free to recruit a manager after the expiry of Jim Weir's so-called "gardening leave" during which time he was being paid by the club.

Kenny added: "We will take our time. We know from experience what happens when you dive in and make a quick appointment.

"We will do our homework and make sure we get the right man.

"I have already spoken to one or two people and I expect to speak to one or two more this week."

Kenny isn't putting any timescale on securing a manager.

"It will happen when it happens. This club has gone through an uncomfortable period. We want that to change.

"In the meantime myself and Jamie McKenzie will prepare the team."

Another managerless side, Elgin City, visit Links Park this weekend and despite the fact they are bottom of the league, Kenny knows it will not be easy.

"Elgin is a good club and with a bit of direction they could be up there. They have had one or two injuries and you just can't sustain that at our level.

"We need the three points which could start us off on a winning run.

"Everyone goes through a bad spell and we hope we have had ours. There is no magic wand.

"We have had five kids on our bench in recent weeks, so everyone can see we have been down to the bare bones."

Kenny moved this week to sign 20-year-old striker David Cox from Kilmarnock on a deal to the end of the season.

"David is sharp and keen to move back up the ladder so we hope he will score a hatful of goals for us.

"We are scoring goals, but we need to stop letting them in at the back.

That is something we are working on at training and it will help when we get a settled back four."