THE Times understands Cowdenbeath will not rush into any desperate moves to replace manager Maurice Ross.

A statement was made last night (Thursday) detailing the departure of the club's head coach by mutual agreement.

Assistant manager Colin Jack is now set to lead the team this Saturday against East Stirlingshire, and he may remain in post as interim manager for the rest of the season.

The club's board have told the Times this afternoon that they have a few names in mind to replace Ross, who had been in charge since November 2021.

The move comes with the club sitting 15th in the Lowland League, after being relegated from League Two last season.

It is understood that one name on the shortlist is an experienced manager currently in charge of another Lowland League side.

Donald Findlay, club chairman, had expressed his sadness at Ross's departure from Central Park.

"I am personally grateful for his constant striving to create a better future for us.

“I know from first-hand experience that he is an outstanding coach, and a thoroughly genuine and decent human-being.

"It has been a true privilege working with him and to be able to regard him as a friend. I wish him every success in the future”.

Ross himself said: ”I am immensely proud of my time at Cowdenbeath.

“The circumstances we have worked under these last 17 months, have been quite incredible.

"It has made me appreciate the work that goes into keeping clubs like ours afloat.

“I have forged many wonderful relationships and I will always look back at my time in Fife with a warm heart.

“The time has come to move on and allow the club to prepare for next year under new stewardship. The building blocks are there to develop this young squad.

“I wish my chairman, Donald Findlay, nothing but success. A more passionate, loyal and warm chairman you could ever ask for.

“Thank you to everyone for the unwavering support my staff and I have been given."